A Week In Film #583: Slow but steady

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Joe Klein’s roman à clef about Bill Clinton’s run for president gets a not-great film adaptation from Mike Nichols. John Travolta and Emma Thompson are pretty decent as the power couple at the heart of it, and Kathy Bates chews the scenery as the campaign’s investigator, but it’s oddly constrained in its staging. And it wavers unconvincingly between comedy and melodrama.

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