De Niro plays Madoff with an editorializing charmless-ness that fails to dramatize why people would trust this man.
The film quickly settles into a depressingly one-note groove as a culture-clashing circus act.
Philip Roth’s original ending is cranked up to 11, flattening the more interesting contours of Al Pacino’s performance.
Our first episode sans both John and Vadim features House contributors Steven Boone and Lauren Wissot on the weighty subject of Ballast.
Nicholas Jarecki’s The Outsider doesn’t have the edge of a race-conscious James Toback film.
Fox’s Mel Brooks boxed set is haphazard, slapped together, meat and no potatoes. All of the above apply to the films as well.