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The film based on the 2007 documentary short film of the same name looks at the battle by Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a much heralded New Jersey police lieutenant, and her registered domestic partner (Ellen Page) to secure Hester’s pension benefits after Hester is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Hester’s health declines as she battles with the county’s board’s elected members – freeholders – over whether domestic partners have the same rights as married couples. Moore is brilliant as she plays Hester with great dignity, courage and commitment, even in the final days.
Also out this week
“Bridge of Spies”: Tom Hanks is a Brooklyn lawyer thrust into the center of the Cold War.
“Show Me a Hero”: Oscar Isaac stars in this HBO miniseries about a young mayor battling with social issues that tear his city apart.
“Extraordinary Tales”: Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales are brought to life.
“Truth”: Veteran news producer and anchor come under harsh scrutiny.
“Meadowland”: Couple falls apart after unimaginable loss.
“Zoolander”: Original 2001 film is being released before the sequel hits theater.