HBO’s ‘The Wizard of Lies’ Is True Summer Movie Counter-Programming – Flavorwire


A couple of years back, we took a look the disappearing middle of mainstream moviemaking – how mid-budget comedies and dramas, movies made by and for grown-ups, had all but disappeared from the landscape, leaving merely the polar opposites of micro-budget indies and franchise-friendly blockbusters. Many of those who used to make those movies in the middle have gone to television, and have gained the most notice by taking on ambitious limited series like The Knick and the Twin Peaks revival. But some have stuck with good, old-fashioned made-for-TV movies, which is how we end up with an HBO original starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and directed by Barry Levinson – a combination of talent that would have demanded a major theatrical release, say, a decade and a half ago. The multiplex’s loss is cable’s gain.

Their film is called The Wizard of Lies, a…



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