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Doubt

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Andrew Schwartz

Doubt

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
104 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/12/08
performer:
Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis
director:
John Patrick Shanley
author:
John Patrick Shanley
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

A master class in capital-A Acting. Streep and Hoffman lock horns as the ramrod-stiff Sister Aloysius and the progressive (and possibly flawed) Father Flynn. Adapted from a Pulitzer-winning play, Doubt simmers with suspicion, then comes to ?a messy boil when Sister Aloysius points her pruny finger at the priest, accusing him of inappropriate behavior with a ?12-year-old altar boy. It’s easy to see why Oscar came calling for both stars. Fellow nominees Amy Adams (as a naive young nun) and Viola Davis (as the boy’s hear-no-evil mother) cut deep in smaller roles. If there’s a nit to pick, it’s with writer-director John Patrick Shanley’s heavy-handed metaphors (apocalyptic windstorms, lightbulbs that go out on cue). ? But that’s hardly a mortal sin. Plus, Shanley acquits himself with a riveting, insidery commentary on the EXTRAS. A?

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