Game Change (★★★★ Empire Review)

GameChangeSquareYou know the ending, yet John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s insider account of the McCain-Palin bid for the Presidency was a riveting read, and Recount director Jay Roach’s HBO film is an terrific adaptation, expertly blending actors and archive to lend the material the feel of a slick drama-documentary. As uncanny as they are, Ed Harris (Senator John McCain) and Julianne Moore (Sarah Palin) go for performance over impressionism, Moore managing to make the governor sympathetic despite, well, everything. ★★★★

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