Biopics / Films Based on Actual Events: Articles


'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President

Barry Obama (Devon Terrell) reads Ralph Ellison's 1952 sociopolitical novel Invisible Man – not to be confused with H.G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novel The Invisible Man. 'Barry' & me: Finding common ground between this reviewer and U.S. President Barack Obama While thinking about Barry, Vikram Gandhi's 1981-set film about a […]


'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'

Sully movie with Tom Hanks as US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger: Clint Eastwood homage to the “noble and decent American” threatened by a “heartless government.” 'Sully' movie review: 'Taut, straightforward' drama features Clint Eastwood's latest all-American hero When considering Sully, Clint Eastwood's taut, straightforward account of heroism on trial, it […]


'The Aviator' Movie Review: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett Miscast in Heavy-Handed Biopic

The Aviator movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes: Bizarre billionaire bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent – but not as Howard Hughes Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would […]


'The Fighter' Movie: Marketable Real-Life Inspired Drama

The Fighter movie stars Mark Wahlberg as boxer Micky Ward. Wahlberg was the film's only key cast member not shortlisted for an Academy Award. 'The Fighter' movie review: 'Smart' – i.e., 'marketable' – filmmaking David O. Russell's The Fighter is a smart film; smart in the way it's constructed and […]


'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie a.k.a. J.M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much […]


'Steve Jobs' Movie: Michael Fassbender Career-Making Performance in 'Riveting' Biopic

'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box […]


Cate Blanchett in Lucille Ball Biopic: Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay

Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow RKO contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former RKO and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, […]


Amy Winehouse Movie: 'Amy' Is 'Heartbreaking' & 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse movie: Asif Kapadia's documentary is both 'impressive' & 'heartbreaking' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out […]


Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards

Howard Hughes movies: The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio. Howard Hughes movies Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, […]


Muhammad Ali: 'The Greatest,' 'A.k.a. Cassius Clay' & 'Made in Miami'

Muhammad Ali Growing up in the 1970s, the specter of heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali – whom I could never stand – was everywhere. Contrary to opinions voiced about him post-Parkinson's Disease, Ali was the most despised athlete of that era. The most beloved was actually soccer superstar Pelé. Nonetheless, from […]


Warren Beatty Howard Hughes Movie + Ian McKellen Gandalf

Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy with Madonna. June 22 update: Warren Beatty used to be known as a Ladies' Man. Before Annette Bening, there were stories about Natalie Wood, Leslie Caron, Jean Seberg, Julie Christie, Diane Keaton, Joan Collins, Carly Simon, Faye Dunaway, Madonna, etc. The same goes for Howard […]


'Ray' Movie: Ray Charles Biopic Takes Crowd-Pleasing Route

Ray movie: Ray Charles played by Jamie Foxx. Taylor Hackford's prosaic biopic Ray offers no more than a superficial look at the life and career of legendary singer and composer Ray Charles. I say “superficial” in that Ray may show Charles' stand against racism, in addition to his many women and […]