Michael Almereyda’s docu-biography never once attempts to fool the gullible into thinking the footage assembled is anything but fictive. In the mind of the film’s subject, Hampton Fancher, his life and his work are inseparable to the point one might just as easily speak on behalf of the other. Fancher is the first to admit that in a career spanning 50 film and television appearances, he “played a lot of dumb guys.” Throughout the picture, Fancher’s is the only newly recorded voice we hear. Almereyda keeps things fresh by empowering each of the film’s seven chapters with a style and look all their own. Original fears pegged this as an extended featurette intended to herald the October release of Blade Runner 2049, for which Fancher shares screenwriting credit. There’s that and so much more. (2017) — Scott Marks
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