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Doubt

Genre: Drama
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis
Released by: Miramax Films

In Short: John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his Tony- and Pulitzer-Prize-winning play is a searing cinematic experience, with top-notch acting turns from all four principal players, including the incredible Meryl Streep.
 

 

Marvelous Meryl and Company
Doubt Delivers a Powerful Cinema Experience

Whether you are Catholic or not, Doubt will rattle you to your very soul. John Patrick Shanley's incredible film is an adaptation of his Tony- and Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, and watching the movie it is easy to understand the accolades that have already been heaped on this searing tale of morality, religion, and the doubts that often assail true believers.

The setting is the Bronx, 1964, at St. Nicholas Catholic School and Church, where a new priest, Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) has arrived on the scene. He's popular with the kids, unlike the sour-faced, straight-laced nun Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the long-time principal of the school who runs it with an iron fist.

Meryl Streep in Doubt Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in Doubt

As the story unfolds, Sister Aloysius begins to suspect the priest of being a pedophile when he begins to show special favor to the only black boy in the school, and in an attempt to ferret out the truth, she enlists the aid of a young, idealistic nun (Amy Adams) as well as the boy's mother (Viola Davis). The resulting shake-up of the parish is wrenching for all involved.

In Doubt, Meryl Streep may just give the best performance of her life, proving yet again that the multiple Oscar winner is truly the greatest actress ever to grace the silver screen. She inhabits the character so completely that it is hard to believe that she is not actually a repressed nun in real life. Happily, her three co-stars are up to the task of playing against her, with the result being that Doubt is an unforgettable film that assails the viewer on many levels. Perhaps that is why this soon-to-be-classic film has already garnered multiple nominations and awards already; watch for Oscar to continue the trend already begun by the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

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