Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) sat among the elite in Hollywood — a top screenwriter in the 1940s — until he and others were arrested and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

click to enlarge Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo'
Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo'

Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) sat among the elite in Hollywood — a top screenwriter in the 1940s — until he and others were arrested and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo took full advantage of his wit and the power of language to not only garner fame and glory (a pair of Academy Awards for Roman Holiday and The Brave One), but to also highlight the absurdity, injustice and utter un-American behavior of those behind the blacklisting. Jay Roach’s film features several key Hollywood insiders, like John Wayne (David James Elliot), Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg), and seeks to spin things as only Trumbo could. (Opens Wednesday) — tts (R) Not screened in time for review

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