Scott Marks noon, Jan. 11
On The Basis Of Sex
On the basis of direction, we paraphrase RBG — the subject of this no BFD biographical distraction — and shout, “Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker, Pay It Forward), take your foot off the necks of American filmgoers!” This Little Golden Book of a show, expressively indistinguishable from any number of recent celebrity biopics, abandons all but the feeblest of throughlines on 2018’s road to Ruth-dundancy. Didn’t we just have this dance? With the CNN documentary still glistening in the minds of moviegoers, apart from granting Oscar-underdog Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything ) and Golden Globes also-ran Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name) another shot at decorating their mantles, was there really an the urgent need for a fictional account of life with the Ginsburgs? As significant a figure of the 20th Century as Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, that’s how inconsequential this essentially made-for-cable biopic is. Skip it. 2018.