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At Theaters: 4/17/2015 On Video: 8/4/2015
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600541
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.
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Drama Mystery Thriller - Unlike previous films featuring both Jonah Hill and James Franco, this is a very serious, fact-based crime drama, and as such will appeal to an older crowd than their norm. Fans of Felicity Jones may be disappointed by her limited role. Language and dark, disturbing subject matter make the film not for kids.
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Jonah Hill 22 JUMP STREET, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
James Franco THE INTERVIEW, HOMEFRONT, THIS IS THE END
Felicity Jones THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
Robert John Burke SAFE, NO SUCH THING, THINNER
Gretchen Mol THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR
Ethan Suplee WALK OF SHAME, MR. WOODCOCK, WITHOUT A PADDLE
Wri/Dir: Rupert Goold Feature Film Debut
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Genesis of True Story
The Characters' Evolution
Locations and Fishing
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PROFANITY: 9 F-words; 4 S-words; one other.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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CinemaReview.com Review:

Above Average - Although my wife and I enjoyed "True Story," it's not likely a movie that will appeal to a wide audience.

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Instead of hinging its credibility on the "based on a true story" label, this production focuses instead on human behavior and the subtle wrongdoings that often occur in the wake of an act of monstrous evil.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average ...spends much of its 90 minutes trying to figure out just what it is. Murder mystery, journalism exposé, courtroom drama... ...it seems to be going for any one of these at any given moment, and in the end winds up being not a whole lot more than ostentatiously unpleasant and ugly.

NY Post Full Review
Terrible Languidly paced, "True Story: is basically a bromance with its "heroes” endlessly rehashing the gruesome details of the Longo children's deaths. Franco's distancing routine helps sink "True Story,” an already turgid and tone-deaf adaptation of a self-serving memoir by a disgraced New York Times reporter who bonds with a murderer he's trying to exploit.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Above Average The elusive bird of truth flies with intriguing, if wavering, purpose in this so-called True Story. What pulls us in are the performances of Franco and Hill, who know how to hold and reward the camera's tight scrutiny. They play a riveting game of cat-and-mouse.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
February of 2002 marked a turning point in the life of New York Times reporter Michael Finkel. Riding high as one of the paper's busiest and most peripatetic journalists, he was instantly shot down when it was revealed that he had tampered with the truth in a New York Times Magazine cover story he had written on contemporary slave trading in Africa. The New York Times quickly showed Finkel the door, and he watched his world collapse.

His life almost immediately took another twist; he'd become a victim of identity theft. Nobody had stolen his social security or credit card numbers, but someone had assumed his name and was posing as him in Mexico; Christian Longo, a man who had just been apprehended and accused of murdering his own wife and children.

Charming, articulate, and appealing, Christian Longo was the last person anyone would have suspected of such crimes. During the months of incarceration that preceded his trial, he insisted there was only one individual to whom he would tell his story: the reporter whose name he'd stolen. For Finkel, the offer became an irresistible scoop, a way to start rebuilding his shattered reputation--and ultimately, a Faustian bargain.

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