1. David Bianculli on David Mamet's new HBO film Phil Spector:

This Phil Spector telemovie, essentially, is a two-person play — an awkward dance between Linda and her eccentric client, as he reveals his shifting psychological states by jamming his mental gears between charming remarks, challenging questions and emotional rants. Pacino is an actor set at hurricane force here, and Mirren matches him by countering his fury with her calm. Mamet’s dialogue, as expected, is crisp and thought-provoking, and these two acting pros make the most of it.

Image of Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden and Al Pacino as Phil Spector courtesy of HBO View in High-Res

    David Bianculli on David Mamet's new HBO film Phil Spector:

    This Phil Spector telemovie, essentially, is a two-person play — an awkward dance between Linda and her eccentric client, as he reveals his shifting psychological states by jamming his mental gears between charming remarks, challenging questions and emotional rants. Pacino is an actor set at hurricane force here, and Mirren matches him by countering his fury with her calm. Mamet’s dialogue, as expected, is crisp and thought-provoking, and these two acting pros make the most of it.

    Image of Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden and Al Pacino as Phil Spector courtesy of HBO

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