Cinema Verite?

It's an occupational hazard in Hollywood: make a film based on real-life events and, predictably, you're going to have people grousing over inaccuracies. So it is with the latest crop of fact-based dramas. A bigger mystery: what Tolkien fans did before they had Peter Jackson's movie to pick apart.

--By Jyoti Thottam

A Beautiful Mind

CRITICISM Where to begin? In the grand tradition of sanitized biopics, the film about genius mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. omits his illegitimate child and his alleged liaisons with men, as well as his divorce from and remarriage to Alicia Nash, who helps him battle schizophrenia.

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