Film: Still Alice

Opened: January 16, 2015

Directed by: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland

Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Stephen Kunken & Hunter Parrish

A character study handled with care, Still Alice is a beautiful film featuring Julianne Moore in not just the best performance of her career, but one of the best performances of all-time.

Alice (Moore) is a 50-year-old linguistics professor at Columbia University who starts to notice changes in her motor function. She is diagnosed with early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. As she loses her memory, she worries about the effect it’ll have on her husband and family.

While you’re watching, you see how the disease affects Alice over the course of many months. Moore fantastically shows how each stage would be and you almost don’t realize how bad she’s gotten until she’s watching a video of her former self.

The filmmakers are sensitive to the subject and nothing is exploiting.

Final say: Truly incredible. ★★★★★

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