Love & Mercy
First screened in July 2015
Director: Bill Pohlad. Cast: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Brett Davern, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Bill Camp, Diana Maria Riva, Erin Darke, Graham Rogers, Fred Cross. Screenplay: Oren Moverman and Michael A. Lerner.

Twitter Capsule: Closer to Capote than Cadillac Records. Prosaic at times, but way exceeded my expectations, especially Cusack, Banks.

VOR:   Even if two halves don't always speak perfectly to each other, the film's spirit and the leads' performances are impressively in sync. Certainly resists biopic boilerplates.

Photo © 2015 Roadside Attractions/River Road Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Supporting Actor: Paul Dano
Best Original Song: "One Kind of Love"

Other Awards:
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actor (Dano; tie); Best Original Score or Use of Music

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