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FREEHELD (2015)











#68 is 2015's Freeheld, based on the true story of Ocean County NJ detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and asks the Board of Freeholders to assign her pension to her domestic partner (Ellen Page) before she passes on. Without that pension benefit, she wouldn't be able to afford the house they both bought and shared. The board refuses, setting off a lengthy series of protests and meetings as Laurel becomes more and more ill. The s...tory plays more like a Lifetime movie despite convincing portrayals from the two leads plus the always-excellent Michael Shannon as Laurel's partner. Not so convincing is Steve Carell as the flamboyant head of Garden State Equality, who sees Laurel's case as a precursor to establishing gay marriage in NJ. It's like he came in from another movie playing the metroplex. He's almost jarring in this cartoonish part. You will become absorbed in the story and root for the good guys til the very end and yep a tissue or two will be necessary.

Should TLA see this? Not without Kleenex nearby.

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?