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Whale, The
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[Opened Dec. 21 in theaters.] Oscar-caliber acting dominates Darren Aronofsky's powerful, poignant, award-winning, moving, bittersweet, somber, depressing, well-written, multilayered, gut-wrenching, down-to-earth, 117-minute film based on Samuel D. Hunter's 2012 play in which a homebound, middle-aged, guilt-ridden, pizza-loving, pessimistic, gay, 600-pound English professor (Brendan Fraser), who teaches writing to university students online, lost his beloved partner to suicide, and is cared for my a longtime friend and no-nonsense nurse (Hong Chau) at his apartment in Idaho, is desperate to reconnect with his estranged, angry, acerbic, cheeky, 17-year-old daughter (Sadie Sink), who lives with her alcoholic mother (Samantha Morton), and forgoes medical treatment and insurance so he can give his daughter his $120,000 in life savings while ignoring the help offered by a duplicitous, teenage religious missionary (Ty Simpkins) from Iowa proselytizing door to door.

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