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All Good Things (2010)
April 17, 2011, 9:11 pm
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Director: Andrew Jarecki

Adapting the still unsolved murder case of Kathie McCormack, director Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Freidmans) dramatizes a fractured narrative of sadomasochism, substance abuse, and cross dressing. Despite succeeding as an eccentric curiosity, the picture’s identity crisis is as severe as the protagonist’s. Initially playing like a Lifetime movie warning women to stay away from well-dressed real estate moguls, the latter part of the picture is largely told subjectively through Gosling’s character. As the film begins, the point-of-view is in constant fluctuation in order to conveniently obscure the most grisly aspects of Mark’s dark side.  Later on, Gosling appears in virtually every frame, and the film seems to wish to be a psychoanalytic drama as much as it does a thriller. Well-acted but uneven, All Good Things is an awkward hodgepodge that never quite satisfies.

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