'True Story' too true to be good

April 16, 2015 3:53 PM

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The real problem with "True Story" is contained in its title. The story isn't too good to be true, but rather too true to be good. Dealing with a real crime and with real people, the filmmakers had no choice but to limit themselves to the facts, but in this case the facts were only reasonably interesting, about enough to power a 15-minute anecdote, not a feature film.

Still, there's an atmosphere here of a quality movie, one that the people involved really wanted to make. Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, who starts the film as a star at the New York Times, writing long cover stories for the magazine section. He is caught doing something wrong - not morally heinou...

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