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What's Wrong with the HBO Movie?

This is totally a thing! Richard Rushfield went to see a forthcoming HBO movie and came away thinking… hey, that is sure an HBO movie! It's "an intriguing concept, great art design, some fine actors that somehow doesn’t come together as anything special or present any compelling reason why it should be up on a big screen." Hey, yeah, that! First, there's a certain kind of sweeping literalism to the high-end TV movie and miniseries: what's Temple Grandin about? Oh, Temple Grandin. What's Too Big to Fail about? What's Hemingway and Gellhorn about? Ohhhh. I think part of this is: HBO straddles the budgetary line between movie-movies and [...]