‘Stillwater’ could win Tom McCarthy an Oscar bookend

‘Stillwater’ could win Tom McCarthy an Oscar bookend
Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote and directed the 2016 Best Picture winner, “Spotlight,” returns to the world of thrillers inspired by real-life events with the Focus Features film “Stillwater.” Matt Damon portrays Bill Baker, a down-on-his-luck Oklahoma roughneck whose daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) has been convicted of murdering her girlfriend and is now serving her sentence in a Marseilles jail. Seeing a chance to be a better father, Bill flies to France to try to prove his daughter’s innocence, but trying to get to the truth in a country whose language and culture he does not understand proves to be far more challenging than he ever expected.

Stillwater” premiered to largely favorable reviews, earning a 74% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 72% favorable score from audiences on the review aggregator and a solid 60 rating on Metacritic. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter hails the “grace and heart” of McCarthy’s film,
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