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Truth Review - AVClub

AVClub: Early in the docudrama Truth, writer-director James Vanderbilt does a newsroom spin on the classic caper picture’s “assembling the team” scene. He’s already introduced Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), a veteran broadcast news producer dedicated to chasing tough stories. One by one, the movie adds Mapes’ trusty trio of sidekicks: resourceful researcher and political radical Mike Smith (Topher Grace), retired colonel and military liaison Roger Charles (Dennis Quaid), and associate producer Lucy Scott (Elisabeth Moss), whose main job is to ask questions like “What do you mean?” and “Why is that?” so that the other three can deliver exposition and opinion. That’s the nature of Truth: a promising build-up, dead-ending into prosaic pontification.

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