Still Alice

The real depredations of Alzheimer's disease and its toll on the families of the afflicted are not on display in this flawed drama about a Columbia University linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) who falls prey to the early-onset strain of the illness shortly after turning 50. While it features a sensitive and appealing performance by Moore, directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's adaptation of Lisa Genova's 2007 novel fails to follow through on a number of its story lines, including the title character's preparation for the taking of her own life.

Watch out for: Mature themes, including suicide, a few references to body functions, fleeting crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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