True Story

Synopsis: Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, a recently terminated New York Times journalist who's struggling for work after a story gone wrong. One day, he receives a phone call from a man regarding an FBI Most Wanted individual named Christian Longo, who's been captured and claimed to be living as Finkel. Longo and Finkel meet and form a potentially marriage shattering bond while Longo is in prison awaiting his trial. Finkel exchanges journalism tips for the real events behind Longo's alleged heinous acts of murdering his family. Through the twists and turns in the movie, only at the end will Finkel uncover the True Story.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Rupert Goold
Production: 20th Century Fox
  4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
50
Rotten Tomatoes:
43%
R
Year:
2015
99 min
$3,422,747
Website
24 Views

"A big stick.

Sometimes a metal chain."

Where?

"On the back."

Is it bad?

Does he bleed?

"Sometimes."

And it's his master

who's doing this?

It's okay.

Tell him I'm from

The New York Times.

I want to help you.

But I can't help you

unless you help me.

I think he wants, you know...

I know what he wants.

You see this?

He can have this.

But only when we're done, okay?

Again.

Is it his master from

the cocoa plantation

that's doing the beatings?

"Yes."

All right.

And his parents are dead?

"No." He says

they live in the country.

Okay, so it's...

It's his parents who are dead.

Yes, I think so.

Wait, wait, wait.

Will you ask him

to take his shirt off,

so I can see his back?

Tell him we need to take

a picture for the paper.

It's okay.

This is me.

Mike Finkel from

The New York Times.

Excuse me.

Do you speak English?

A little.

I can't figure this out.

This takes coins, right?

I think so, yeah.

Ta-da.

You did it.

Why do they light candles?

So people get to heaven?

Um...

I'm not Catholic.

Are you German?

Yeah.

What brings you to Mexico?

Some winter sun.

Yeah.

You?

Um...

I'm a journalist.

Journalist? Cool.

Yeah. Whatever.

It's just a job.

What is your name then,

Mr. Journalist?

Me?

Mike Finkel,

with The New York Times.

Lena. Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Ten minutes, Mike. We gotta

put this thing to bed.

I'm on it.

Raise $250.

You serious?

You heard me. $250.

Motherf*cker.

So how long

are you back for, Mike?

Just tonight.

I just came back to make sure

they didn't sub

the shit out of me again.

Where do they put me?

The f*cking Hilton.

Nice.

Yeah.

It's a circus out there.

Call.

Yeah.

You know, when I arrived,

at the same hotel as me,

a guy from Reuters,

two from Le Monde,

and that Kwiatowski from CNN.

- Turn. Ace of spades.

- Hello.

$500.

Bullshit.

Mike?

I'm on it.

It'll need proofing.

No, it won't.

I'm out.

The whole thing stinks.

People are starving on the coast

and 200 miles inland,

it's all Bon Jovi

and French fries.

But what do they care?

As far as they're concerned,

they're getting a cigar box

from Gaddafi at Christmas.

Know what I want for Christmas?

6,000 words.

Are we playing poker, or what?

King of spades.

Here, pussy, pussy, pussy.

$750.

He's got the f*cking Jack.

I'm out.

We all ready to drink this town?

Come on, Mike, show us.

You got those Jacks, or what?

He doesn't have to.

You folded.

Come on, asshole, show us.

Me?

I don't have shit.

A pair of deuces.

My...

Really?

Can someone help me

scoop up all this money

I just won?

You're paying

for drinks tonight.

Mom.

This is 42nd Street,

with transfers to

the ACE and E train.

Stay clear of the closing doors.

So did you read it?

Read it?

What do you think?

I'm framing it now.

Seriously.

You don't have to do that.

What? I'm, like,

your biggest fan.

Mike, that's nine covers

in three years.

Ten, but who's counting?

Nine, ten, whatever.

You going to give yourself

a day off now?

No, I'm actually

going into the office.

Marcus and Karen want to see me.

Really? What about?

No idea, but I have a hunch

it rhymes with Smulitzer.

I wish I was there

to celebrate with you.

If you lived here, you would be.

You know I can't.

Come home soon.

I will. I love you.

I love you, too.

- What's up, man?

- My dude.

Hey.

Hey.

Hey.

Listen, I don't want to

bother you with this,

but Marcus got a call

from Save the Children about

that article of yours.

The cocoa plantation piece.

They say that's not

Youssouf Mal on the cover.

This is.

I can't remember.

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Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold, (born 18 February 1972) is an English theatre director. He is the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre. Goold was the artistic director of Headlong Theatre Company (2005–2013). more…

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