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“The Fifth Estate” aspires to be a stirring investigative film dissecting a combustible situation where truth is unfiltered, participants unsecured, and the ultimate end game is hazy at best. For this type of cinema to work, it needs a lead character who’s worth following. He can be irredeemable and destructive, but has to retain a depth of personality that rewards over two hours of screen time. I’m not sure Julian Assange is worth the investment, at least not in the way “The Fifth Estate” depicts him. A hopelessly dull picture concerning a fiery situation of exposure and betrayal, the feature looks to dazzle the viewer with aggressive acting and whip-crack globetrotting intrigue, yet director Bill Condon feels like he’s dog paddling with material that demands an emphatic front crawl. Read the rest at


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