Still Alice

December 5, 2014 4:41 PM

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Four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore is assured another nomination—and quite possibly a win—for her beautifully modulated performance in Still Alice, the most gripping movie depiction of Alzheimer’s disease since Sarah Polley’s Away from Her. It’s a particularly tragic (and rare) form of the affliction dramatized here—early-onset Alzheimer’s, which strikes its victims at a shockingly young age.

In this adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel, Moore plays Alice Howland, an accomplished 50-year-old linguistics professor at Columbia University—a profession no doubt chosen by the author for its cruel irony, as language skills are among the first things decimated by the disease. The first hint of Ali...

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