Opening this week 'Still Alice'

Arriving in Bowling Green this week is “Still Alice” (B), featuring Julianne Moore’s Academy Award-winning performance.

It’s a solid drama anchored by strong work from Moore in one of the best performances of her career.

Moore plays Alice Howland, a happily married linguistics professor with three children who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Alice is determined to live a normal life, but as the disease strengthens, everyday things in her life become more and more challenging.

Based on a novel by Lisa Genova, “Still Alice” is the kind of film that could have easily strayed into Lifetime movie melodrama. Richard Glatzer’s script does have a few missteps. There are some moments that feel a little too sappy and some ideas that are not fully developed.

Kristen Stewart from “Twilight” fame is surprisingly effective as Alice’s youngest daughter, but “Still Alice” is mostly about Moore.

Her transformation from bright-eyed teacher to a shell of herself as her disease gets stronger is impressive and heartbreaking to watch.

It’s the kind of performance that can take a mediocre film and raise it to another level.

Moore does that and then some, in a performance that deserved the accolades she received during Sunday’s Oscar awards.

“Still Alice” is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief language including a sexual reference and opens Friday at the Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10.

— After another successful Oscar prognostication season, Micheal Compton is already working on next year’s Oscar predictions. Follow Micheal on his blog at or on Twitter at Email him at


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