Maps to the Stars

What a beautiful bummer.

Everything, and everyone, is bathed in bile in Bruce Wagner’s caustic dissection of lives lived poorly in Hollywood.

Toss in director David Cronenberg, a master at peeling back the skin of his characters (sometimes literally) and poking them until they squirm.

A rock-solid cast led by Julianne Moore and John Cusack burrow down deep into the fractured lives of Tinseltown lifers desperate for fame of any kind, but it’s Mia Wasikowska who burns brightest.

Her pale skin marred by terrible burns, she’s on a journey of redemption, sorta, her inner anguish searing everyone in her path.

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