Ron Howard’s Best Picture nominee details the battle of wits and wills that occurred in 1977, three years after Richard Milhous Nixon resigned the presidency of the United States, between the disgraced statesman and the fluffy British TV personality David Frost in a series of in-depth interviews. Nixon (Frank Langella) was attempting to repair his reputation after the stain of Watergate, while Frost (Michael Sheen) was trying to find the inner strength to drag a confession out of Tricky Dick. The result is a tense and fascinating look at journalism and politics, neither of which has changed nearly enough since this era.
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Mickey Rourke’s comeback tale is thanks to Darren Aronofsky’s low-key story of a broken-down professional wrestler named Randy “The Ram,” whose career is finally taken from him, leaving him alone to struggle with how to deal with the ruins of his life, including his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and his closest friend, a stripper with her own problems (Marisa Tomei).
The story of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G., from the cradle to the grave details his rise to becoming a legendary hip-hop star, his marriage to Faith Evans, and his eventual violent demise.