If prolific reader Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) watched romantic comedies the way she consumes books, she might see that her dispiriting year as a recluse was ending and that she’d wandered into a merry and bright fairy tale of New York.
Katie Holmes’ directorial debut, All We Had, could be called It’s Going to Be Okay, the mantra of its downtrodden but resilient characters. Screenwriters Jill Killington and Josh Boone extract a hopeful, we’re-all-in-this-together storyline from Annie Weatherwax’s first novel.
The Amazon series Good Girls Revolt, centered on a landmark 1970 gender discrimination case at Newsweek, is the kind of period drama that’s more interested in commenting on the present than re-creating the past. The storyline about professional journalists plays fast and loose with the facts.
In Jill Campbell’s charitable documentary, Kenny Anderson is 44 and still living off his 15-year professional basketball career, even as he finds himself compelled to examine the painful early life that success didn’t mitigate.
In this sketchy adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s The Adderall Diaries, James Franco portrays the author as fabulist and dilettante. Franco alternates between flighty entitlement and tortured preening as a literary star whose bestsellers detail his abuse, addiction, and institutionalization.