A portrait of an early-onset Alzheimer's Disease patient's gradations of decline—bound to win Oscar gold later this month—is the heartrending core of a film that otherwise balances poignancy and melodrama with mixed results. Dr. Alice Howard (Julianne Moore), an esteemed college professor, grapples with the tragic reality of feeling her intellectual vitality and self-discipline slipping away. She also faces the awful fear that she may pass a genetic predisposition for the disease to her daughters, Lydia (Kristen Stewart, in fine form) and Anna (Kate Bosworth). Still, directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland lean too heavily on sentimentality and Moore's sterling, plaintive performance. And Alice's husband John (Alec Baldwin) is massively miswritten, vacillating between empathy and subtle insensitivity from scene to scene, with little connective narrative tissue.
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/stillalice
Director: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Writer: Lisa Genova
Cast: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Alec Baldwin, Erin Darke, Shane McRae, Victoria Cartagena, Stephen Kunken and Eha Urbsalu
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