Steve Carell is a marvel in alarming, strange true story ‘Foxcatcher’

November 13, 2014 3:05 AM

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The last lines of dialogue in “Foxcatcher” are “USA! USA!” A wrestler stares longingly at a portrait of George Washington. There’s a vintage American flag over a desk, talk about American values and a visit to Valley Forge. It’s almost as if director Bennett Miller is telling you something, and that something is, “I want to win awards.”

It’s too bad the film — based on a true story — embarrasses itself with that fatuous scramble for sociopolitical significance, because as a character study “Foxcatcher” is mesmerizing, eerie and unpredictably weird. Entombed in makeup and a toucan nose, Steve Carell is a marvel as John E. du Pont, a...

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