A reporter for the Washington Post who is often on airplanes, where they shove movies in his face.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Filled a gap in my movie knowledge by watching this, and came away thinking its reputation as shlock is unfair - it's a smart screenplay, if it relies on common knowledge that's been lost since the 1970s. People are just taking out their anger on the schmaltzy theme song.
That said, it feels oddly unfinished for a classic love story. It's the pacing, with tons of time spent building up the ledes, then a core of fellow travelers, then an…
As a snob with a liberal arts degree, I am lightly fond of the "middlebrow docs about lowbrow scandals" genre. Hours, hours of my life spent learning about NXIVM! I didn't even watch "Smallville!" True crime leaves me cold but send some investigative reporters over to tabloid turf and it usually works.
I went into this with a vague and outdated idea of what was happening to a singer whose work I never really liked; I came out feeling educated…