True Story

The grisly undertones of this whodunit- a detailed dissection of a real-life murder case adapted by director and co-writer Rupert Goold from the memoir by Michael Finkel - make it suitable for mature viewers only. Yet, for those able to endure its seamier aspects, the film provides a cautionary tale about narcissism and the perils of seeking fame and fortune through the misdeeds of others. In 2002 Mexico, American fugitive Christian Longo (James Franco) is arrested for the murder of his wife and three small children. When found, Longo is inexplicably impersonating Finkel (Jonah Hill), a recently dismissed reporter for the New York Times. Suspecting there's a juicy story in Longo's deception, Finkel arranges a meeting with the prisoner. What ensues, to the growing alarm of Finkel's wife (Felicity Jones), is an unexpected rapport and mutual manipulation.

Watch out for: Disturbing images of death, some profane and crude language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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