Philomena ★★★

Does this movie belong anywhere near a list of the top 9 or 10 pictures of the year? Certainly not. Is it a compelling story capably told? Sure. As authentic as Dench always is on screen, credit to Coogan as co-screenwriter and co-lead for not going down the trite, all-too-familiar path of making his character's redemption the real focus. The guy's the goods.

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