And the Band Played On ★★★½

A powerful story suffused with an understated anger towards the prejudice and politics which stalled initial research into and action towards identifying the AIDS virus. Most effective when it focuses on said politics, less so when it tries to be sentimental or metaphorical. The ever-bland Matthew Modine anchors an otherwise excellent cast. Spottiswoode's direction is appropriately understated and only occasionally drifts into overt sentimentality. The early '90s cable-TV budget is evident, but not cripplingly so. Overall an excellent effort and an important film.