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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

From Friday 8th February

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Director: Marielle Heller

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Spinella and Ben Falcone

Rating: 15

USA 2019, 107mins

Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Oscar nominees Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant deliver career-best work in this melancholic true story.

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970's and 80's profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

Did You Know? Melissa McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone, was attached to the project before she was. He recommended her for the lead when another actor backed out.