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In Brief: Jay Roach’s Trumbo is something of a miracle — in part because it’s from Jay Roach, a man whose directing career previously peaked with the Austin Powers movies. At the very least, there’s nothing in his filmography that suggests he’d be suitable for this. Toss in the fact that, on the surface, it bites off more than it should be able to chew by covering not just Dalton Trumbo’s (a brilliant Bryan Cranston) life and career from 1947 to 1970 but also the story of the Hollywood Ten, the House Un-American Activities Committee, the blacklist and the defeat of that same list. Does the film telescope events and simplify some things in order to do this in two hours? Does it create scenes to make its points? Of course, it does. It has to. Does it work as powerful drama all the same? Like gangbusters. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Nov. 24, 2015.
Genre: Biographical Historical Drama
Director: Jay Roach
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Alan Tudyk, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg
Rated: R

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Trumbo on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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