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There’s something polarizing about the work of Aaron Sorkin. His writing can come off as a bit overly effusive and self-congratulatory – in a word, show-offy. His trademark “walk and talk” – which rose to prominence in his time on “The West Wing” and became even more overwhelming in subsequent projects like “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Newsroom” – can be engaging as hell, but you can definitely have too much of a good thing.

But as prolific as he has been as a writer, both on television and in the movies, he had never before sat in the director’s chair before taking on “Molly’s Game.” The film – adapted from Molly Bloom’s book of the same name by Sorkin himself – tells the story of a woman’s rise to prominence and fall from grace as her facilitation of exclusive private high-stakes poker games leads first to wealth and then to her arrest and subsequent court battle with the U.S. government.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:37

‘Miss Sloane’ just misses

Political thriller’s reach exceeds its grasp

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:31

Zero Dark Thirty' on target

Film recounts the hunt for Osama Bin Laden

It's a sign of a gifted filmmaker when a director can find a way to tell a story whose ending is already known and still instill it with urgency and intensity. It was actually a good year for those sorts of films 'Argo' and 'Lincoln' both told tales whose conclusions we already knew.

However, those stories both exist very much in the past, in worlds that are different than the one in which we currently live. That isn't the case with 'Zero Dark Thirty,' the latest film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. This film is drawn from the past, yes, but from the very recent past a past that is close enough to burn bright in the memory of everyone who sees the film.

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