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Trumbo

Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter who, along with many others in Hollywood in the late 1940’s, was blacklisted due to his communist beliefs. The movie is the story of his life from when he was first blacklisted through the next 30 years or so during which he penned a number of scripts, some of them going on to win Oscars, under pseudonyms. While the acting overall is rather uneven, Bryan Cranston is great and very funny in his role; his performance (Oscar-worthy) is really what keeps the movie going. Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper is perfectly vile (her performance also Oscar worthy), and John Goodman as a B-movie producer who hires Trumbo to write scripts under fake names is very funny and has one particularly hilarious scene. Thumbs up for a movie that is very entertaining. While it does not have the expert directing that the film “Good Night and Good Luck” had, it still carries a powerful message that is still relevant today (the final scene of the movie is very moving). (2015; 3.5 stars)

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