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Chuck the Movie Guy

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True Story
This based-on-fact movie finds journalist Michael Finkel’s (Jonah Hill) life turned upside down when a charming sociopath (James Franco) steals his identity.  After the criminal is arrested, the writer goes to meet him in order to understand his motives and from this a relationship begins the ultimately proves a threat to Finkel’s well being.  Absolutely chilling, this morality tale hinges on the themes of credibility and redemption, powerfully reminding us that the most dangerous lies are those we tell ourselves.  3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 100 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.

While We’re Young
Noah Baumbach’s latest film finds disillusioned filmmaker Josh (Ben Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts) reevaluating their lives when they meet and begin to socialize with a younger couple (Adam Driver & Amanda Seyfried) who approach things with a verve they lost long ago.  Questions of identity abound here, as do those concerning the ability to reinvent yourself and the notion of what authorship is in today’s society where information and ideas are so freely accessible and stolen.  Far better than Baumbach’s overrated “Francis Ha,” this is an intriguing, well-acted, thought-provoking exercise.  3 ½ Stars (Chuck KoplinskI) Rated R. 97 minutes. ART

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