Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Monday January 21st at 7 PMEvent Website
Marielle Heller · USA · 2018 · 107 mins · PG
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WINNER! BEST SCREENPLAY – Los Angeles Film Critics GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES! BEST ACTRESS: Melissa McCarthy and BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Richard E. Grant
Melissa McCarthy is a lock for a Best Actress Oscar nomination for this true story of Lee Israel, a lonely, embittered author of celebrity biographies who took up forgery to pay the bills when her jobs dried up. McCarthy gets laughs here, but the demands of this role — a boozy, cranky woman with a battered heart and a backbone of steel — are primarily dramatic. McCarthy meets every challenge. She’s a dynamo firing on all cylinders. Lee uses her own creative writing skills to improve on the letters of such luminaries as Noel Coward and Lillian Hellman. “I’m a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker,” she gloats. She’s so successful that she takes on a partner in crime in fellow barfly Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant), a gay Brit raconteur. Grant (Withnail & I) hasn’t had this juicy a role to feast on in years. He’s simply sublime. Still, the film belongs to McCarthy, who reveals Lee’s secret heart without resorting to bullshit Hollywood sentiment. McCarthy lets us see Lee as a woman in full — a role that shows she has what it takes to tackle drama, comedy and all stops in between. --Rolling Stone “A breakthrough for McCarthy and a highlight of the movie year.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“McCARTHY’S BEST PERFORMANCE TO DATE!” --Variety “McCarthy is caustic, profane, curmudgeonly, affecting and very funny, as is Richard E. Grant as a gay alcoholic who becomes her accomplice.” NPR“McCarthy is brilliantly paired with Grant, the salt to his sugar.” Toronto StarCast Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
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