Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Keane, Anna Felix, Paul Herman, Jeff Bridges
Directed by: Scott Cooper
The plot: Fifty-seven years-old and still touring rundown motels and bowling alleys, country and western singer Bad Blake is a shadow of his former self. Constantly inebriated and liable to throw up in the middle of a gig, he plays bleary-eyed to his loyal fans. Before one performance, newspaper reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad and catches his eye, sparking an unlikely romance.
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"Jeff Bridges' fifth Oscar nomination should see him walk away with Best Actor... (he) astounds in this beautifully acted, funny and moving film."
"This turn from the perennially settled and contented Bridges is pure acting. It is the best performance of the past 12 months, and indeed possibly the next."
"A wonderfully easy, confident and muscular performance from Jeff Bridges - so easy, confident and muscular that it doesn't look like acting at all - saves this movie from being pure sentimental mush. But only just."