Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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1hr 46mins // directed by:Marielle Heller // featuring:Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Ben Falcone

The new film from the director of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Melissa McCarthy.

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.  When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

CRITIC'S PICK: "Partly because the movie is so splendidly and completely absorbed in its characters and their milieu, it communicates much more than a quirky appreciation for old books and odd readers." — A.O. Scott, New York Times

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"A sweet and scruffy document of a Manhattan that probably no longer exists — when a writer could live on fumes in a walk-up apartment in a city that still had bookstores and people who cared about them." — Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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"What is on paper a small-time heist film in the vein of the Coen Brothers or Breaking Bad is ultimately a cover for a more observant and relatable portrait of loneliness." — Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine

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"Believe the Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy in this true story of an out-of-work author who took up forgery to pay the bills." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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