'Why do you have to make everything so dramatic?" Dakota Fanning asks Richard Gere in The Benefactor.
An all-but-intolerable melodrama about a Philadelphia philanthropist who chairs the board of a children's hospital and sits in his fancy digs swilling morphine, The Benefactor - known as Franny when it was shooting here in 2014 - is one of those what-were-they-thinking projects in which good talent is on very bad display.
The Revenant, the grizzly frontier saga starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a bent-on-revenge, back-from-the-dead fur trapper, led the pack with a dozen nominations as the contenders for the 88th Academy Awards were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills. Right be