We are just a week away from Thanksgiving and Oscar voters are sure to have a bounty of screeners to watch over the holiday. On Friday, they should be getting “Truth,” a fascinating film by writer/director James Vanderbilt that delves into the news story that brought down Dan Rather. Screen legend Robert Redford plays the veteran anchorman and two-time Oscar champ Cate Blanchett is Mary Mapes, a producer for “60 Minutes” who investigated allegations that President George W. Bush received preferential treatment that allowed him to avoid Vietnam by serving in the Texas Air National Guard. They aired the report in the middle of the 2004 election and quickly came under attack for its evidentiary shortfalls. CBS ultimately apologized while Mapes, who wrote the book upon which this film is based, was fired and Rather was forced to resign a few months later.
Also arriving this week are: “Black Mass,” which showcases Johnny Depp as real-life Boston gangster Whitey Bulger; “Jurassic World,” a reboot of the film franchise; and “Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller starring “It” girl Alicia Vikander.
The feel-good comedy “I’ll See You in My Dreams” with Emmy and Tony champ Blythe Danner was the first of this year’s Oscar hopefuls to be sent out to voters way back at the end of August. Since then, another 23 have landed on the doorsteps of academy members.
Below, a list of these two dozen films with the most recent first.
Nov. 20: “Truth”
Nov. 18: “Black Mass”
Nov. 13: “Minions”
Nov. 9: “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Nov. 8: “Southpaw”
Nov. 8: “Woman in Gold”
Nov. 6: “Trainwreck”
Nov 2: “Love and Mercy”
Nov. 2: “Mr. Holmes”
Nov. 2: “99 Homes”
Oct. 30: “Furious 7”
Oct. 29: “I Smile Back”
Oct. 29: “Learning to Drive”
Oct. 23: “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation”
Oct. 22: “The End of the Tour”
Oct. 21: “Straight Outta Compton”
Oct. 18: “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Oct. 18: “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Oct. 18: “Irrational Man”
Oct. 18: “Testament of Youth”
Sept. 30: “Grandma”
Aug. 28: “I’ll See You in My Dreams”
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