It's not a biopic nor is it a dense procedural like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, but instead showcases the politics of perception and interpersonal relationships, contrasted with quieter, more intimate moments away from the media and others.
Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.
Now on VOD: the debut feature from the whip-smart Martin Donovan (Trust, Weeds, Saved!). Starring the elusive David Morse, Olivia Williams, and Donovan himself, Collaborator is a well-acted, intimate tragicomedy. Write what you know, right?
Tony Blair complained that his widely panned appearance before the Chilcot Inquiry into the origins of the Iraq War stirred up negativity because people are hungry for a conspiracy. If that is so, The Ghost Writer is the movie.