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In Dubious Battle.

It's easy to mock James Franco for the polymath showiness of all his extracurricular endeavors (actor! filmmaker! poet! collector of academic degrees! the world's first and last postmodern Oscar host!). Yet with "In Dubious Battle," an adaptation of a 1936 John Steinbeck novel, it's clear that Franco has acquired skills that are beginning to fuse with the best side of his instincts, which is to look at subjects with a candor that mainstream movies too often avoid. "In Dubious Battle"--a docufiction about a labor strike carried out by fruit pickers in California in the early '30--isn't a totally clear-cut good movie, but it's a scrupulous and watchable one. And that represents a major growth ring in Le Cinema de Franco.

Director: James Franco Cast: James Franco, Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Josh Hutcherson. John Savage, Ashley Greene, Bryan Cranston

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Author:Gleiberman, Owen
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Movie review
Date:Sep 13, 2016
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