Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2003
Trash-TV maven Chuck Barris has it all -- the hit series "The Gong Show" and the love of a good woman. But he also has a big, dark secret: He's a CIA assassin who kills while purportedly escorting his game show winners on their vacation prizes.

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Everyone else compares this to “Auto Focus,” so I may as well too: It’s more compelling, able to inspire sympathy for its hero by making him feel sorry for his own banality. In other words, this whole tale is a long-overdue, 113-minute apology for “The Gong Show.” Clooney the director is quick to overcome the heavy-handedness in the opening minutes, finding a style that is bouncy and jovial when appropriate, but capable of lapsing into dark and frigid within the same scene, as two montages ably demonstrate. The best element is Charlie Kaufman’s literate, cagey screenplay; is that any surprise?

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