Clint Eastwood continues his examination of American heroism with Richard Jewell, a tightly constructed drama about the security guard who drew national media attention following the 1996 Atlanta bomb scare. Initially extolled as a hero, Jewell became a suspect in the bombing, and although never officially charged with a crime, underwent a vicious “trial by media” that nearly ruined him. At 89, Eastwood demonstrates his usual command of story and character, taking one notorious instance of “fake news” and daring audiences to draw connections to contemporary media practices. Opening Wide.
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