It’s 1979. Two men meet in Los Angeles and quickly fall in love. One of
the men, Rudy (Alan Cumming), the transplanted New Yorker who’s out and
proud, works as the lead lip-syncher in a drag show at a West Hollywood
Forget the brouhaha about Zero Dark Thirty’s politics. Any movie that can present events in which the audience knows the outcome and still have the audience holding its breath in anticipation succeeds.
The makers of Hyde Park on Hudson have a genuine head-scratcher on their hands. Their
film about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the most
fascinating figures in American history, is stupefying in its dullness.
In the beginning, there was writer-director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the
Rings series, and it was good. There was Middle Earth, a magical world
of elves, wizards, hobbits, dwarves and men. Even those who were not
fans of the books on which those movies are based find themselves
settling in to watch The Return of the King on a Sunday afternoon.
There have been so many addiction and recovery stories in the past
decade that it’s entirely reasonable to think we don’t need another. As
singer-songwriter Mike Doughty writes in his recent drug-filled memoir
The Book of Drugs, the title of Caroline Knapp’s book, Drinking: A Love
Story, says it all.