starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
screenplay by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
directed by Bennett Miller
by Walter Chaw Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher is timely because of its excoriation of the 1%--and timeless because of the care with which it handles relationships between men, and between men and their mothers. It has faith in its audience in a way that's rare and always has been, leaving wide swaths of exposition buried in glances and gestures, making itself into something that's very much like the amateur wrestling it ably recreates in the film. It's a big movie composed of subtle movements; it's reticent. It's also grounded by unbelievable performances from Mark Ruffalo, an actor I really like who's never been better; and Channing Tatum, who reduces himself to a pure distillation of his masculinity and will probably be underestimated as a result. An early moment with Ruffalo and Tatum--playing Olympic champion wrestlers and brothers Dave and Mark Schultz, respectively--as they train in a dingy little college gym, is grim and wordless, bloody and violent, and capped by Dave cuffing his little brother and asking for a hug as he drops him off. It's brotherhood in its intimate complexity in just a few gestures.