Screened Out – True Story

By : Stephen Miller
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Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones

It’s no wonder James Franco and Jonah Hill were drawn to this. They’re best friends who usually churn out absurd comedies (This is the End), but True Story was too intriguing to pass up. Unfortunately, the subject matter is more fascinating than this film version, and the real-life characters more complex than the actors.

Hill portrays New York Times writer Mike Finkel – one of four national journalists cited for inaccurate reporting around the turn of the century. It’s a shame, too, because Finkel’s writing style was brisk and entertaining. However, once a journalist makes a choice to misrepresent sources and material, the damage to one’s reputation is pretty permanent.

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