Monday, March 7, 2016

Maps to the Stars

A disturbed, partially disfugured young woman (Mia Wasikowskajust released from an institution back east catches a bus for Hollywood, gains the employ of disturbed failing actress (Julianne Moore), romances her limo driver (Robert Pattinson), and seeks to reconnect with her now successful industry family she scarred as a child. Maps to the Stars is depravedly, shockingly funny before turning sad and tragic. The trashy subject matter, written by Bruce Wagner, is handled masterfully by director David Cronenberg and the film is given a boost from Wasikowska, Moore, John Cusack, and the rest of the cast.
*** 1/2 out of ****