A tense true tale for hack delving into killer’s mind comes to Royston’s Picture Palace

Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story

Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story - Credit: Archant

Jolly Jonah Hill is doing his best to build a name for himself as a straight actor after swiftly climbing the cinema ladder on the back of comedy parts.

He garnered plenty of critical acclaim for his turns in Moneyball and The Wolf Of Wall Street, but True Story isn’t cut out to be a hit like those earlier efforts.

That’s not because it doesn’t have plenty to offer – it’s just that it’s a difficult subject to sell.

Jonah plays a journalist who has just been given the heave-ho from his job at the prestigious New York Times.

In disgrace and looking to rebuild his career, he receives an unexpected phone call from a murderer banged up behind bars who gives him a bell and calmly informs our hero that he – James Franco – has for years been living under the horrified hack’s name.

Reluctantly agreeing to meet the man who pinched his identity, and more worryingly murdered his own wife and children, the furrowed- browed representative of the Fourth Estate tries to get the bottom of the deception only to find himself caught up in a bewildering game of cat and mouse with the slippery suspect.

It’s all based on a true story and the cast also includes Felicity Jones as Finkel’s devoted girlfriend.

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There are two chances to catch the film at Royston’s Picture Palace – on Friday and Saturday, with both performances starting at 7.30pm.

There are also two chances to catch Pixar’s latest animation outing Inside Out, which takes us deep into the mind of a 12-year-old girl.

The Toy Story and Finding Nemo team have come up with another winner in the tale of young Riley, hauled off to a new city with her family and somewhat at the mercy of the emotions which are running riot inside her head, including Joy, Happiness, Fear, Sadness, Disgust and Anger.

It’s a much-praised story with real depth, delivering on an ambitious aim of big laughs and a few tears along the way.

There are no huge names in the voice cast but the animation and the story is of the normal high Pixar standard, and there’s certainly something for viewers of any age.

The film is showing on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm and again on Sunday afternoon at 5pm.

Visit www.roystonpicturepalace.org.uk to check on availability and to find out what else is coming up at the community cinema in the next few weeks.