Kurt Loder Reviews Still Alice and Wild Card

Julianne Moore at a new peak, Jason Statham in search of action.


Still Alice
Sony Pictures Classics

Julianne Moore has already won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance in Still Alice, and she may well win the Academy Award for which she's been nominated. Not a lot of people have seen this movie, but that could change when it expands nationwide next week. It might be a hard sell, though. Any picture that begins with a woman succumbing to Alzheimer's disease is clearly not headed for a happy place—which is, understandably, the preferred destination for many moviegoers. But Moore, playing a woman who has it all but steadily loses it as her disease eats away at her mind and slowly erases her personality, is sensational. She's all the reason anyone might need to see the film, which unfortunately offers little else to command our attention, writes Kurt Loder.