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Shattered Glass

What was Stephen Glass thinking? This biopic, directed by Billy Ray, on Glass (played by Hayden Christensen, who does a significantly better job here than he does in Star Wars Episodes I and II playing Anakin Skywalker) explores the years during which he was the rising star of the journalism world, being the youngest writer- at the ripe old age of twenty-four- on staff at The New Republic, and his great fall as he is discovered to be a forger and a liar.

Hayden portrays Glass as an insecure, whiney ass-kisser who feigns humility to gain the upper hand in the über-competitive environment of magazine publishing. His co-workers, including Caitlin (Chloë Sevigny) and Amy (Melanie Lynskey) eat it up; however, his editors, played with great flare by Hank Azaria, as Michael, and Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck the man who unravels the mystery, don't quite buy the act. Ray utilizes great control in creating a tension-filled story that grips you all the way to the end.

Stars: 4 out of 5