The Death & Life of John F. Donovan ★★★

The translation to English has scarcely affected Dolan, who remains on-brand here by being endearingly overambitious, hopelessly self-absorbed, haphazardly framed and unabashedly emotional. This melodrama about the burden of celebrity and life in the closet unfolds in so many tangential directions that it’s inevitable that many of them don’t pan out, yet most of the ensemble cast here gets at least one moment to really chew the scenery and there’s a 20-minute segment where the two plot strands converge that all but explicitly recalls Magnolia that I couldn’t help but appreciate on some level. Messy as can be, but I liked as much of it as I disliked.