Legendary book editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) had already made the careers of Hemingway and Fitzgerald when Thomas Wolfe’s (Jude Law) Look Homeward, Angel came in over the transom. This film about these two geniuses is insightful, educational, a bit stagey and often dull. But in an age of 140-character communication, there’s room for a slow, literary film about those who created memorable 1000-page tomes (though the script could’ve used Perkins’s skills). Firth is a rock, but you’ll have to decide whether Law’s explosive performance (and cornpone accent) is a tour de force or shameless scenery chewing. Japanese title: Bestseller. (104 min)
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Don Morton has viewed some 6,000 movies, frequently awake. A bachelor and avid cyclist, he currently divides his time between Tokyo and a high-tech 4WD super-camper somewhere in North America.