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Language: English
Category: Movie / Drama
Original Title: Still Alice
Director: Richard Glatzer,Wash Westmoreland
Writers: Richard Glatzer,Wash Westmoreland
Released: 2014
Budget: $5,000,000
Duration: 1h 41min
Video type: Movie
Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children. All that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words and then more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family's lives face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread. Along the way, Alice struggles to not only to fight the inner decay, but to make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore Julianne Moore - Alice Howland
Kate Bosworth Kate Bosworth - Anna Howland-Jones
Shane McRae Shane McRae - Charlie Howland-Jones
Hunter Parrish Hunter Parrish - Tom Howland
Alec Baldwin Alec Baldwin - John Howland
Seth Gilliam Seth Gilliam - Frederic Johnson
Kristen Stewart Kristen Stewart - Lydia Howland
Stephen Kunken Stephen Kunken - Dr. Benjamin
Erin Darke Erin Darke - Jenny
Daniel Gerroll Daniel Gerroll - Eric Wellman
Quincy Tyler Bernstine Quincy Tyler Bernstine - Nursing Home Administrator
Maxine Prescott Maxine Prescott - Nursing Home Resident
Orlagh Cassidy Orlagh Cassidy - Primary Care Doctor
Rosa Arredondo Rosa Arredondo - Convention Facilitator (as Rosa Arrendono)
Zillah Glory Zillah Glory - Masha (Three Sisters)

Co-director Richard Glatzer suffers from ALS and can't speak. He directed the film using a text to speech app on an iPad. Both Moore and Stewart dedicated their "Ice Bucket Challenge" to Glatzer.

Co-writer/director Richard Glatzer's last film before his death from ALS in March 2015.

Julianne Moore suggested the role of Dr. John Howland to Alec Baldwin because they wanted to work together again.

The directors of the film, Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer were unable to attend the Oscars to see Julianne Moore win, due to the fact that Glatzer was suffering from ALS and his condition had deteriorated significantly.

For her portrayal of Alice in Vis dar Elis (2014), Julianne Moore won the Quintuple Crown of Best Actress (winning the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Award, BAFTA Award and Academy Award). This marks the second consecutive time that an actress winner of the Quintuple Crown was married to Alec Baldwin on screen. The previous winner was Cate Blanchett, who won for her role as Jasmine in Dzesmina (2013). This also marks the second time in a row (for all the awards), that the actress won for a movie that was not nominated for Best Picture. Both characters also had their names in their respective movie's title.

The movie was filmed in 23 days and out of chronological order.

This role marks the fifth consecutive character with a mental illness to win an Oscar for Best Actress. The previous ones are: Natalie Portman for Juodoji gulbe (2010) a dancer with hallucinations, Meryl Streep for Gelezine ledi (2011) the former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher suffers from dementia, Jennifer Lawrence for Optimisto istorija (2012) who portraits a girl with neurosis and Cate Blanchett for Dzesmina (2013) a socialité who suffers mental breakdowns.

Julianne Moore told Ellen DeGeneres that she took a month off from filming Bado žaidynes: Strazdas giesmininkas. 1 dalis (2014) to film Vis dar Elis (2014).

According to author Lisa Genova, before Julianne Moore was cast, the part was offered to Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Diane Lane and Nicole Kidman, but they all turned down. However, they were all approached when Brett Ratner was attached to direct the film.

Julianne Moore interviewed National Alzheimers Association consultants in the course of her research for her role and even underwent the standard Alzheimer memory test which she passed.

Lisa Genova, the author of the novel "Still Alice," has a brief cameo as an audience member for Lydia's play.

Alice is shown being a compulsive "Words With Friends" player. Alec Baldwin, who portrays her husband, was notoriously booted off a plane before takeoff in 2011 because he refused to stop playing the game and power down his phone.

In late 2014, Sony Pictures was the victim of a major hack of their computer systems in which confidential corporate information and several unreleased complete movies were posted for public consumption. Among reams of other information, DVD-quality downloads of this movie appeared online before its official cinematic release.

Julianne Moore's son is an extra in the film.

Julianne Moore met her onscreen daughter Kristen Stewart when she was just 12 years old at the wrap party for Catch That Kid (2004), which was directed by Moore's husband Bart Freundlich.

The play discussed by Alice and Lydia is "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner.

Alice's brownstone in New York is the same one used to film "The Affair".

Alice is a professor at Columbia University in the film. However, in the book she's a professor at Harvard.

Julianne Moore previously featured in Kvaila, beprotiška meile (2011) in which she remarks that she saw the latest 'Twilight' film and that it was 'so bad'. The Twilight franchise starred Kristen Stewart, who appears in this film with Julianne Moore.

The second time Hunter Parrish has played the son of Alec Baldwin's character. Their first collaboration was in Tai... sudetinga (2009).

When John (Alec Baldwin) suggests Alice (Julianne Moore) read something lighter, Alice jokingly refers to "The Cat in the Hat." Alec Baldwin played a part in "The Cat in the Hat (2003)".

The story of "Vis dar Elis (2014)" is very similar to a 1985 CBS TV movie, "Do You Remember Love (1985)", which starred Joanne Woodward as a professor of English who develops early-onset Alzheimers; she won an Emmy for the role. The late Richard Kiley played her husband, and Geraldine Fitzgerald played her mother.

Julianne Moore's Best Actress Oscar win was this film's only Oscar nomination.

Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin also play romantic partners as Nancy Donovan and Jack Donaghy in season 4 of 30 Rock (2006).

Julianne Moore reportedly researched Alzheimer's disease for four months before playing her part as main character Alice Howland. This included watching documentaries about Alzheimer's disease. She met with Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, the Co-Producer of the film and the head of The Judy Fund, which partners with the Alzheimer's Association in the fight to cure Alzheimer's Disease. Introductions were made to Dr. Mary Sano, the director of Alzheimer's disease research at Mount Sinai Hospital. Through Skype, she talked to three women with early-onset Alzheimer's disease; she also visited a support group for women with Alzheimer's disease and a long-term care facility for Alzheimer's patients. She also undertook the cognitive testing used for diagnosing dementia with a neuropsychiatrist.

Two women have played FBI agent Clarice Starling: Jodie Foster in "Avineliu tylejimas (1991)" and Julianne Moore in "Hannibal (2001)". And now Kristen Stewart has played a daughter to both those women. Jodie Foster's daughter in Panikos kambarys (2002)" and Julianne Moore's daughter in "Vis dar Elis (2014)".

In the novel, Alice Howland's maiden name is Alice Daly. The novel also reveals that her mother, Sarah Daly, and sister, Anne, died in 1972 in a car crash.

In the novel on which the film is based, there is a stated reference to the character of Dr. Alice Howland that she is right handed, while her son, Tom, is left handed. In reality, Julianne Moore is left handed and Hunter Parrish is right handed.

Kristen Stewart's Twilight Saga co-star Kellan Lutz wanted to play the role of Tom Howland.

While going through her on-screen daughter's collection of plays, Julianne Moore's character encounters Angels in America and Doubt. Both plays were adapted to the screen and starred Meryl Streep. Moore starred with Streep in Valandos (2002).

This marks the second time Alec Baldwin has appeared in a movie with the woman's name Alice in the title. His previous film was Woody Allen's film "Alisa (1990)".

Alec Baldwin also starred in an earlier film about terminal illnesses, the 2009 picture My Sister's Keeper, in which he plays a lawyer hired as a guardian ad litem for a little girl whose older sister is dying of cancer. Still Alice was the second film in which Baldwin played a character trying to help a family, in this case his own family, in the midst of a terminal illness.

Julianne Moore's subsequent theatrical release was Septintasis sunus (2014), a film in which she played a villain. She would later win the Oscar for this film. Similarly, Eddie Redmayne followed up Visko teorija (2014) with Jupitere. Pabudimas (2015), in which he also played a villain. He won the Oscar for the former film.

Julianne Moore starred opposite Robert Pattinson in Kelias i žvaigzdes (2014). In this movie, Moore stars opposite Kristen Stewart. Both Stewart and Pattinson were the stars of the Twilight Saga.

This is the third time Julianne Moore escaped a drug overdose suicide. The other times were in Valandos (2002) and Magnolija (1999).

The film pairs two actresses that have appeared in movies about the adult film industry. Julianne Moore starred in Pašelusios naktys (1997), which is loosely based on the life of John Holmes and includes a sequence inspired by the Wonderland murders. Kate Bosworth, who plays Moore's daughter in this film, previously appeared in Vonderlendo žudikai (2003).

Reviews: [25]

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    Still Alice is a realistic and emotional story of a woman living with Alzheimer's disease. Julianne Moore successfully shows the struggle, confusion, anger, pain and isolation of having such a disease through her incredible performance. She allows the audience to see what having Alzheimer's could possibly be like. This film also has an amazing screenplay, a screenplay that is raw and honest. There is also a great ensemble performance from the cast, featuring Alec Baldwin as the supportive and loving husband. The movie definitely makes the viewer think deeply about aspects of life such as memories, family, loss and bewilderment which are all addressed in Still Alice. See this film for a moving story, but mostly for Moore's miraculous performance. It wouldn't be a surprise if she won Best Actress in the upcoming Academy Awards.
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    It probably goes without saying, but in my opinion "Still Alice" is right up there among this year's best pictures.

    And what ultimately makes author Lisa Genova's debut bestselling novel so personal, yet so universal and identifiable in it's messages, are the performances. Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart are a part of a strong supporting cast, that will leave a lasting impression in your mind and it will be more than deserved. Both of their characters were so real - warm, supportive and earthly. And while both Baldwin and Stewart have taken the occasional misstep in their respective pasts, both of them once again showed without a doubt their acting abilities and scope, a word linguistics professor Dr. Alice Howland used, albeit with great difficulties, to describe her daughter Lydia (played by Stewart) in one point of the film.

    And what a performance by Julianne Moore that was! She essentially made an already rich character in Alice, a frankly too young Alzheimer's disease patient, who also happens to be a renown linguistics professor, even more dimensional and rich. Moore's Alice is a strong, intelligent woman when we first meet her at her birthday at the beginning of the film. At that moment, Moore is confident and full of purpose. As she gets diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease, that her children might have inherited from her, and time goes by, Alice becomes a shadow of herself, whose mental health deteriorates at an alarmingly fast rate. And that is the part that Moore portrayed with such skill and graceful pain, that the viewer can't help but get irreversibly emotionally involved with her character. We feel for her, we cry with her, we wish she would get better, although it is clear that is sadly not going to happen. And Moore's Alice knows it as well. And that makes the journey through her story even more challenging, difficult and painful for the viewer. Or as Beverly Beckham of The Boston Globe put it "This is Alice Howland's story, for as long as she can tell it".

    The film was directed and adapted by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, who share both the writing and directing duties on almost all of their projects to date. The two somehow complete each other and find the balance, that is needed to tell such a delicate story in a manner, which can do it proper justice.

    I will probably be the only one saying this, but I thought the score was tremendous as well. Kudos goes to composer Ilan Eshkeri, who did an amazing job on the film. The music is often intense and minimalistic, it feels like it is just an addition to the already rich environment the characters find themselves in and I would love to see at least a nomination at the Oscars for Eshkeri, although I highly doubt it.

    So, to wrap it up in a nutshell: Still Alice is a wonderful film, an intimate and fascinating study in the field of family drama, and one of the year's best. I definitely hope to see some awards buzz mainly around the cast - both Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart deserve it for their delicate and supportive portrayal of husband John and youngest daughter Lydia, respectively, who never gave up on Moore's Alice. And Julianne Moore - well, what can I say - her brutally sad and honest portrayal of Alice deserves to go down in the books of top-notch acting and she will reap the fruits of her work a long time from now (well, mostly, at the end of February, I hope).

    So it is a nine out of ten stars from me, only because I felt there could have been more screen time for the other children in the Howland family, and therefore the film could have been at least 10-15 minutes longer.

    But solely on Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart's impeccable acting, I say this film is among the very best in the subject and also among the best titles this year.

    My grade: 9/10
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    Julianne Moore's character of Alice Howland has to face that eventuality in the wonderful, heart-breaking movie "Still Alice.". Alice is a 50-year-old woman with a charmed life. She is happily married to Dr. John Howland, played by Alec Baldwin. Their son, Tom is training to be a doctor, daughter, Anna is married, pregnant with twins, and a lawyer, youngest daughter, Lydia played by Kristen Stewart who has matured as an actress since the "Twilight" series, is an aspiring actress. All of the performers are great, but Kristen Stewart surprised me the most and she broke the Bella Swan type-cast trap. In her job as a language professor, Alice needs her brain in order to give lectures and write books. When her brain basically craps out on her during a lecture at the college, Alice is confused by why her sharp mind has suddenly failed her. Alice's memory lapses have her confused and upset. She goes to a neurologist who tests her memory. After much testing, the doctor says Alice has an inherited form of Alzheimer's disease she got from her late father. He tells her to have her children tested to see if their late grandfather gave them the faulty gene. Anna tests positive for the gene, Tom tests negative, and stubborn Lydia refuses to take the test. In the end, Alice gets worse and worse. Her twin grandson and granddaughter are healthy, but it is heart-breaking their grandmother won't remember them. Lydia takes up the reins as her mother's caregiver and the most heart-wrenching thing about the movie is how much this horrible disease takes away so much from its victims.
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    This movie was a great boost to my psyche as someone who has watched my own mother lose her ability to be the fascinating and clever woman she once was. The performances of Alec Baldwin and Ms. Stewart really impressed me. Julianne Moore is always good.

    If you have lived with the loneliness and the torture of watching someone you love lose his or her mind this movie may just give you the strength to go on.

    Julianne Moore's performance is particularly compassionate. This movie depicts an excruciating illness, but also illuminates the heroes who emerge and the grace which is possible despite loss.
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    I had already marked this movie down as a "no" when the cinema preview club we attend showed it this morning. And I'm very glad they did.

    Few movies about Alzheimer's show things almost entirely from the perspective of the victim, and even fewer try to grapple with her internal thoughts and feelings as the disease progresses. Still Alice does just that.

    Taking an exceptionally verbal and smart person and giving her early onset Alzheimer's and watching how she deals with it and how she feels about it made this an exceptional film. So does the always-excellent Julianne Moore, who outdoes herself in an Oscar-worthy performance.

    The movie's full of highlights: the Skypeing between mom and daughter Kristin Stewart, the relatively healthy Julianne leaving a video for her much sicker self to discover; the question only one person asks: "How does it make you feel?" And extra credit for the double use of Lyle Lovett's "If I Had a Boat."
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    "So live in the moment I tell myself, it really is all I can do, live in the moment."

    Still Alice is a film that touches delicate subject matters, which sometimes don't make for a compelling watch. It's hard to sit down and watch someone suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and witness their slow deterioration as they gradually lose their mind. Somehow, Julianne Moore gives such a powerful performance that makes this delicate theme worth your while. She carries this film, and elevates it from your standard mental illness movie. Julianne Moore is on the top of her game and following her strong performance in Maps to the Stars, she delivers an authentic portrayal of a woman trying to come to grips with her terrible diagnosis. The film intelligently centers on her in a very authentic way instead of focusing on the rest of her family, like so many films tend to do when the character has hit rock bottom with their mental disease. As the title suggests, the focus is on Alice and her character is fully developed even when she is at her lowest. As an audience we sometimes tend to look away or find ways to ignore people with mental illness, and many films do so by focusing on the reaction of the rest of the family or on the loved ones as if the main character has lost his or her personality. But we are reminded in this film that Alice is still Alice, and Julianne Moore makes sure we come to grips with this. Julianne Moore will probably be nominated for her lead performance here and it wouldn't surprise me if she wins her first Oscar after her fifth nomination. She is long overdue.

    It's no surprise that this film was delivered in such an authentic way when you take into consideration that the co-director, Richard Glatzer, suffers from ASL and can't speak himself. If a film wants to deliver a powerful and empathetic film about mental illness, then there is no better way to do so than having someone who is experiencing this first hand. Glatzer, who has co-directed his previous films with Wash Westmoreland, reunites with him once again co-writing the adapted screenplay from Lisa Genova's novel. I know the issue has been explored many times before and one could assume it enters familiar territory, but Moore's portrayal of the character makes this film stand out from others. For people who have gone through similar issues with a family member or close friend, Still Alice hits home, but it does so in a compassionate way. It reminds us how fragile our minds and life can be. Having Moore play a highly intelligent linguistic professor makes this all the more shocking as we see how she struggles with the disease. The most emotional moment of the film comes when Moore's character is giving a touching speech about how she is dealing with the disease. It was a powerful moment in the movie and Moore deserves all the recognition she's been getting for her performance. Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart both give strong supporting performances as well. The entire film rings true in its exploration of mental illness, and the performances never go over the top. Everything about this film rings true despite the delicate themes that are touched. The subject matter might not be appealing for most audiences and they may find the film tedious, but for me it hits home and I found it to be a compelling drama.
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    It's hard to put into words why "Still Alice" from writer/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westermoreland is as effective as it is. A cinematic experience that will pull you through the ringer, similar to other tearjerking efforts like "Terms of Endearment" or "Stepmom," the film is a heartbreaking measurement of storytelling that is one of the surprising gems of the year. Helmed by a magnificent performance by Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" dodges most of the cliché tropes of disease-ridden dramas with spunk and warmth. It's not just about the struggle of Alice (Moore), it's also an in- depth and informative medical drama that not only breaks your heart, but provide valuable information and sensitivity to anyone who may know or will know someone in the future.

    The film tells the story of Alice, a brilliant professor that is diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's disease at the age of 50. Terrified of the future, and the fear of forgetting the life she's created, "Still Alice" reflects not only on the ramifications of knowing such knowledge of your eventual demise, but how it affects those who know and love you. If your loved one was stricken with such an illness, would you, rather could you stand by their side no matter what? It's easy to answer with the socially acceptable response until you're faced with such a question.

    "Alice" inhabits a simplicity that almost feels too uncomplicated and transparent to warrant a positive take but alas, here we are. Glatzer and Westermoreland create a sensitive, well-intentioned examination of a woman struggling with early on-set Alzheimer's disease. May sound like shameless, factory-standard Oscar bait, but its unlike any movie you'll see this year, dealing with delicate subject matter in a tender way. They cover different angles of the topic at hand without getting too preachy. Of course, this is mostly due to the brilliance of four-time Academy Award nominee Moore, but she's not the only one on her A-game. Co-star Alec Baldwin, who plays Alice's husband John, showcases one of his most layered portrayals yet. Internalized, disturbed, but very compelling in the way he chooses to execute his feelings. Baldwin's mannerisms and antics have not been put to better use in quite sometime.

    Kristen Stewart continues to revitalize her image as an actress. "Clouds and Sils Maria" and "Camp X-Ray" are terrific examples of her talents put to great use but what she achieves as Lydia, Alice's youngest daughter is nothing short of spectacular. Glatzer and Westermoreland understand her abilities and limitations but heighten them to stunning results. If Stewart continues on this path, she could easily become one of our greatest working actresses. She's certainly one of the most exciting at the moment. Stewart is a gift.

    After struggling to find her voice in the movies, Kate Bosworth hits on all cylinders as Anna. As does Hunter Parrish, fondly remembered from "It's Complicated." He's aching for his big, breakout role.

    I guess it's time to worship the aura of Julianne Moore. It's easy to dismiss my take on her work since I'm unapologetically a Moore enthusiast (loud and proud). Three of her Oscar nominations for "Boogie Nights," "Far from Heaven," and "The Hours" are all worthy citations, arguably winning performances that Oscar passed over. I've been able to separate her overall brilliance from some of the choices she's made in roles over the years. "The English Teacher" is an attempt to be change it up, "The Forgotten" is a horror/mystery that lacks either of those words, and "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" is well…that movie from 2005. Julianne Moore is a revelation of epic proportions. Bold, provocative, and emotionally gripping, she delivers one of her strongest performances to date. She's takes a daring stand to be vulnerable, and hits an amazing high. A destined winner of Best Actress.

    The film can feel like a factory-standard creation passed over by the TV networks at times, mostly due to the style in which its shot. Cinematographer Denis Lenior keeps things straightforward but isn't adventurous enough to stand out in the crowd. Film Editor Nicolas Chaudeurge should also take a few cues from the playbook of Pietro Scalia, Stephen Mirrione, and Richard Marks, editors that know how to milk a scene for everything its worth. There are moments that will surely create a weep-a-thon in your seat, but there are missed opportunities to really push the audience over the edge. Composer Ilan Eshkeri however, takes his cues from famed musicians like John Williams and Howard Shore to swell the tearducts to maximum capacity.

    Overall, "Still Alice" is a very rewarding experience, wrapped in a blanket of emotions held by Julianne Moore and Co.. It's one of those rare films that makes you think and gives you a debate to have with your loved ones. A deep, human movie that doesn't shy away from baring its soul and the vast complexities that come with it. Just plain great.
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    Based on Lisa Genova's 2007 bestselling novel of the same name, 'Still Alice' is a saddening, but beautifully made film, that stays on your mind even after it concludes. Its A Well-Made Film with Strong Performances!

    'Still Alice' Synopsis: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

    'Still Alice' is about a women's journey coming to an abrupt end. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland's Adapted Screenplay is consistently engaging, although difficult to watch, at most times. The protagonist's journey with her family offers moments of pure love & sadness. You feel for the characters & particularly, for Alice. Glatzer & Westmoreland's Direction is under-stated, but impressive. Cinematography captures the bleakness, exceedingly well. Editing is just perfect.

    Performance-Wise: Julianne Moore brings Alice to life, with a splendid performance. She becomes Alice & completes her tale, magnificently. Alec Baldwin, as Alice's supportive husband, redefines "control" in performance. He's restrained & patient all through. Kristen Stewart, as Alice's rebellious younger daughter, is natural. Kate Bosworth, as Alice's older daughter, is in true form, as well.

    On the whole, 'Still Alice' is an experience, that demands to be felt. Two Thumbs up!
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    Still Alice tells the story of a Columbia cognitive psychologist diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease played by Julianne Moore who in my opinion gave the best performance of her career.

    Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin also give very good performances and I think that Ms.Stewart successfully shed the "Twilight" vampire stereotype.

    Just like any disease, your fight is as strong as your support system. Not only Alice's but Julianne Moore's support system is strong as well with a supporting cast of Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish, and a score that never has the audience wondering about their emotions but has them focused on Alice's.

    An amazing movie I recommend it to everyone
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    In Hollywood, medical conditions that are devastating in real life are magically transformed into episodes that the leading characters meet with stout resolve, a positive attitude, and a quite, sanitized unseen ending. So it is with this movie.

    The main character is diagnosed early in the movie with early-onset Alzheimer's. The rest of the movie is about her gradual decline and her family's reaction to it. There are some interesting possibilities in the plot, such as the pull of the husband's career and the developments of one daughter's career, but they are not developed well and simply look shallow and contrived. The movie ends about where Alzheimer's would become a real strain on the family, but as always with a Hollywood depiction, the tragedy that is to follow is hidden. Real Alzhimer's patients forget who their families are, scream mindlessly about nothing in particular, foul themselves, cannot feed themselves. The bodies are there but the minds are not. The person that once was is gone, but the outward shell is there reminding us what once was and playing havoc with our emotions. Only a sanitized hint of all that is present in this movie.

    The dialog is mostly predictable, sometimes overdone and sermonizing. The characters are all shallow, even the main character.

    The intention is good. The acting is excellent. The overall execution is weak. Not worth the time unless you enjoy seeing good talent wasted on a weak script.
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    Forgetting something has to be the most annoying and stressful thing that a person could have, but losing your memory by a disease and becoming coming pretty much brain dead is even worse and this movie plays it out very well, because the movie feels real and not fake like other movies that try to do that.

    The story is about a Linguistics professor in a loving marriage with three grown children starts to forget certain words. After meeting with a doctor, she receives a devastating diagnosis, one that will test the bonds between her family.

    I always love it when a movie that I never know existed could make me glad I saw it and happy that it exists. I'm always looking forward to the big blockbusters that everybody's talking about and wouldn't shut up about. I always look past those kind of movies that are actually pretty than the entertaining blockbuster's and like always I feel like moron for skipping them.

    Still Alice has to be the most extraordinary film that I watched this year, in a way that the movie could had scenes where it would have dragged out or slowed down extremely, but that all was over shadowed by the amazing performance from a Oscar worthy Julianne Moore and the fantastic writing.

    Julianne Moore takes this role has a mother who slowly losing her memory by Alzheimer's disease, and Moore knocked it out of the park as she makes a beautifully crafted performance that just boosted up her career as a actress.

    The cast members like Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth all did fantastic performance as well. Overall the performance were good in the film.

    The writing was just spot on great and realistic as well, the directing was good and the film almost had me in tears at parts.

    My only problems with the movie has to be the other character's, and I'm not talking about Moore's character I'm actually talking about the background character's that for some reason always get in the way of the story and don't really do anything. The movie to me isn't like the best movie of the year or of all time, the movie falls into the great, not into the brilliant.

    Overall "Still Alice" has fantastic acting from Moore and from the other cast, great directing and writing. If you every got a chance to see it I say go ahead.
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    The real depredations of Alzheimer's disease and its toll on the families of the afflicted are not on display in the flawed drama.

    "Iris," the 2001 film that starred Judi Dench as British novelist Iris Murdoch, was particularly frank about the effects of the illness, both mental and physical. It also highlighted the special tragedy when someone who has built a career as a communicator falls prey to the affliction.

    "Still Alice" should, by contrast, carry the label "Sanitized for your protection." Everyone involved is highly attractive, articulate, compassionate and virtually devoid of any flaws that would mark them as human.

    What's left is a sensitive and appealing performance by Moore as Alice's mind fades from early onset Alzheimer's; her character has just turned 50. As for the rest of the story, adapted by directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland from Lisa Genova's 2007 novel, it has plot holes large enough to accommodate a Mack truck.

    Quite sensibly, for instance, Alice's three children undergo genetic testing. Daughter Anna tests positive. That turn in the drama leads -- nowhere.

    Another daughter, seems to be making bad choices both in her romantic life and as a budding stage actress. What happens next? We're not told.

    Husband John bears every crisis with a preternatural calm, even when he's planning to pull up stakes from New York and move to a job at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic. Surely he must have strong emotions about his wife's illness. But, if so, they're never shown.

    Having always been defined by her intellect and adept use of language, Alice is sometimes reduced to making speeches about her frustration. "Sometimes I can see the words hanging in front of me and I can't reach them, and I don't know what I'm going to lose next."

    She learns to get by using her cellphone as a reminder of tasks, and the online game "Words With Friends" to shore up her vocabulary.

    Alice has also made a video giving her future self instructions on how to take her own life. Her eventual attempt to do so goes awry. Yet any moral or even dramatic ramifications from this line of conduct are ignored in the movie's final -- and perhaps most glaring -- default.

    The 3/10 was for the wasted acting
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    I'm not sure what is the point of film like this. It's the usual depressing story, YES it makes you sad. The ambient , setting ,etc are all perfectly chosen. Juliane Moore is spot on for this type of part and everything added makes up for a fine film BUT I have seen this before. I have seen movies about moms that get cancer, make the whole family cry and the movie follows the rest of their life after the diagnosis. What's the point? What's the point of watching essentially the same movie year after year? There is not enough character development, the story overall falls a little short and it feels like you get dumped right in the middle of some sad story. Don't get me wrong , this is worth a watch but that's it. I'm not re- watching this one anytime soon. There's plenty of classics like this out there.
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    A difficult film to dislike, "Still Alice" has its heart and head in the right place. Julianne Moore's performance, as always, is terrific. However, on the whole, it falls flat.

    This story of a brilliant, vital women afflicted by a rare, congenital form of early onset Alzheimers fails in not fully exploring the emotion in the relationships between her and family, particularly hubby Alec Baldwin. Adding to the gap between audience and film is an excess of documentary education regarding this awful disease. All that and the redolence of Oscar bait.

    Plainly, hubby acts a moron. His motivation in the midst of his wife's swift decline is a plum new job. He literally abandons her to move to Minnesota from New York. Throughout he is neutral by maintaining a cold, clinical outlook. He speaks nary a word regarding the intellectual and emotional loss of a wife he's spent decades beside. The filmmakers, either intentionally or not, portrayed his exit as a convenient way to move on. The tears he sheds before splitting smack of relief, not grief.

    It's not only hubby foregoing real emotion. Moore's eldest, pregnant daughter reacts with an "It's okay" after discovering she has the gene and is doomed to a similar fate. While hysteria would push the story into unwanted melodrama, the non-reactive portrayal is similarly unwanted.

    Moore's great concern with her youngest daughter is nagging about eschewing acting for the stability of a college education. It is this daughter who volunteers to caretake Mom. An odd final scene finds the daughter reading the play "Angels In America" to a far gone Moore. As if trying to wring something from her she is unable to give, the daughter asks, "What is the play about?" to which Moore haltingly replies, "Love." "That's right. Love," the daughter replies. Saying 'Love' does not infuse a story with the emotion. Showing love does, and it's absent here. Those close to Moore simply look at her with a morbid curiosity reserved for strangers.

    Moore's decline is heartbreaking, particularly when a pre-planned suicide fails. It's a shame she's surrounded by matter-of-fact robots.

    Audiences should not be required to fill in blanks of emotion between Moore and others. There have been far more affecting Disease of the Week made for TV movies. Disconnecting to emphasize the least important aspects of dealing with a person afflicted by this awful disease is more tragic than this story.
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    I can hardly find the words to describe the total and utter let down that this film was to me. I have worked with dementia sufferers for the last 35+ years and can honestly say that the depiction of that cruel thief of minds and bodies was totally totally lacking. None of the daily struggles that the brave carers have to deal with on a multiple basis each day was even alluded to, let alone covered.

    If you are going to make a film about something as devastating as dementia then at least do some decent research and don't insult the viewing public with a sanitized version which could only be believed by someone who has no experience of the issue.

    On the plus side, the acting was good given the dreadful and inaccurate script. I was more than pleasantly surprised by Kristen Stewart I have to admit and how can you go wrong with Alec Baldwin? Oh, and Julianne too but the dreadful writing made it hard to be too excited about the representation of an imaginary character.

    Next time let's have some real angst, agonising decision-making, changes of personality, hostility, belligerence etc. And also can we have a little of the treatments which help to hold on to the 'person' for as long as possible.

    Disappointing. Very very disappointing. A totally wasted opportunity to show some of the facts.
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    Still Alice is a troubling film. Not because it's about Alzheimers, but because it isn't. Not really.

    Still Alice is based on a novel of the same name about a 50 year woman who is struck with early onset Alzheimers. That happens of course. And it is tragic. But a novel is fiction. In this case, the author has created an extraordinarily successful academic whose speciality is linguistics . She begins to lose the 'words' that have defined her life, and so begins her inevitable decline. I have only read summaries of the novel, but as in the movie, author Lisa Genova has given her an equally successful academic husband, three talented grown children, a brownstone in New York, and another rustic ocean-side home at the Cape. It's a perfect life , as the character admits, but she is still a fictional character.

    And the movie based on the novel is even more of a fiction. Alice and her husband Johnare Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin,—-both fine actors —-but that's not the point. They are Hollywood stars who come with celluloid glamour by definition. Our identification with those impossibly beautiful people is not with any commonly known reality . And this doesn't even begin to describe their three perfect children. The only only one who might not fit the mould is Lydia, the slightly rebellious ('I don't want to go to college to study acting; I'm going to follow my dream in LA') youngest daughter—- played by Twilight's 'it' girl of the day Kristen Stewart. Of course, one can make this criticism about any film 'story', but the point here is that Alzheimer's by now is a known reality for most of us in some way or another, and casting beautiful, famous stars detaches us from the true horrors of losing those we love to this horrible disease.

    Alice and her family 'have it all' in the novel and more than everything in the movie. The story that this movie tells about Alzheimer's is not even close to what, by now, most of us have experienced in some form. True, this film deals with early onset; but that is still a fairly rare form of this most devastating disease. The Alzheimer's that those of us who live in the real world experience is not a tragic attack on the relatively youthful and still beautiful . Let's be frank: the Alzheimer's that most of us know strikes old people —spouses, parents , relatives , friends . We may love them but once struck they are not often very attractive or vital. They can't take care of themselves, they swear and shout, they are often a danger to others and themselves and , frankly, they can drive us crazy. Plus we often have complex past relationships with them that can make care-taking anything from difficult to disastrous. Juliane Moore repeats things, gets a bit pale and wander-y and has one - quite manageable - outbreak of anger. That's Alzheimer's if the victim and their caretakers are very very lucky. And luck includes not only the course the disease may take but the resources —-emotional, social, and of course financial —-that are essential to let us be our best selves as we try to look after those with a disease that may go on for years.

    Still Alice doesn't completely shy away from the difficulties. Alice's husband basically deserts her with the 'she wouldn't want us to be a burden' argument so he can move on to a big job of a at the Mayo clinic. But the wayward daughter comes home to look after mom; in the final scene she reads a piece of literary text to Juliane Moore(still looking pretty damn good). When she asks her mother what's its about, Alice finally manages to get out one word —-'love'.

    So that's our lesson for the day. And it strikes home as we , as a society, struggle with questions of 'death with dignity' and assisted suicide. Alice, as her coherent intellectual self , planned a way out—- a video that would direct her Alzheimer's self to a lethal stash of pills she could access when she had come to a certain point—-so that she wouldn't lose herself, so that others would not have to lose the Alice that they knew and loved. In the novel and the film her perfect finale is complicated by the Alzheimer's Alice's inability to understand the directions of her former rational self. She is saved, literally, by the bell at the front door, but the message is clear. Suicide, in whatever form, is not the way out. There is always something worth living for.

    And ideally , we would all hope so. We would all like to feel that suffering can have a point. That if we are struck by some calamity and are loved, suffering can be bearable—that suffering itself might have dignity. And the reverse, that the suffering of another can offer us an opportunity—the opportunity to love when it is not easy and there are few of the obvious rewards. Life should not be just pleasant but rich, and that richness can be found in pain as well as pleasure.

    I want believe to that is true. But I am not persuaded by what Still Alice presents. I have a good life, I'm fortunate; but I have no faith that I'd be able to endure (whether I am the victim or the caretaker) the horrors of this disease. I don't want a fiction. Or at least I don't want a comforting one. Give it to me straight; if it's a story, I want one that is as tough as it can get. And that, by a a long stretch, isn't Still Alice
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    I think the movie could have still made the point if Mom had been a mere public school teacher without using and upper-income family: Mom the professor, Dad the scientist, daughter the lawyer, son the doctor. Sounds trite. The careers, IVF, genetic testing, high-end assisted living...this is not the average family.

    Here is a what a caretaker child whose parent is lower income person, or one who exhausts her funds, will experience: Lack of sibling involvement even on the simple stuff; loss of health care because of loss of access (transportation), even on Medicaid, except by ambulance; no long- term care except limited in-home help; no-call, no-shows by home health agency (choice of two, get 4 hours/wk under Medicaid with one and only 2 hours/wk with the other, not a case of being able to fire anyone); assertive, knowledgeable relative can be investigated, perhaps indefinitely, for using tools, such as HIPAA restriction of health records (home health agency went over my head and received incorrect information on discharge date, canceling homemaker without notice). I spend many, many hours a week managing my mother and get no pay or even a thank-you from anyone. As the years have gone by, I thought my mother would get into assisted living, but no one will accept her with her because she has Medicaid because she is STILL not disabled enough (a phone cuing service tells her what do roughly six times day; cannot follow a movie but still seems to enjoy them; food consists of Meals on Wheels; easy prep like soups; fecal accidents; refusal to bathe; had to hire another tenant to deliver cat food to stop/reverse weight gain in her cat, cannot make a phone call, even on speed dial; without my daily visits she would be dead because she cannot recognize she is ill or make telephone calls.) Fortunately, she had as an Advance Directive, so unlike Alice, I know she would be okay with being highly disabled in a nursing home, but short of a heart attack or stroke, I do not see her getting there. Elderly public housing has become de facto marginal nursing homes. One nurse covers several projects. Not sure who makes her list for qualifying for a service, but not my mom. When Mom started blowing off her med cues, I called her doctor and his nurse contacted me stating there is no help, but if the missed meds are only so late, to give them to her. Then I doubled up on her med cues....
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    Still Alice is a film about a devastating situation which is unfortunately suffered by millions of people, and I appreciated the fact that this film avoided the excessive sentimentality or pre-fabricated drama. In other words, this isn't a lachrymose medical tale in which doctors struggle to find the cure, antidote or magical procedure to save the main character. Instead of that, Still Alice portrays the most trivial moments of daily life, which acquire a new dimension when they are experimented under the influence of Alzheimer. On the negative side, Still Alice doesn't feel very different to those "dramas of the week" which were used as filler in the TV prime-time during the '80s. What makes this film better than those ones is the extraordinary performances. Julianne Moore received deserved acclamation for her magnificent work, but the rest of the cast also brings perfect performances, highlighting Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart. In conclusion, Still Alice is a good film, but I didn't find it particularly memorable; it's a proper vehicle for brilliant performances, and period. Even though it may offer consolation to those who have had relatives or friends with this illness; my maternal grandmother suffered from it, and even like that, I didn't feel too much connection or identification with Still Alice; however, that didn't avoid me to appreciate its sober didactic intention and the quality of the performances.
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    "But this isn't fair." Lydia Howland (Kristen Stewart)

    Early-onset Alzheimer's is definitely not fair for anyone, especially 40-year old Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), noted linguist on the Columbia faculty. Still Alice tracks Alice from the first manifestations of the disease to the sad peak of forgetfulness. While the screenplay lacks any moving narrative thrust, her performance is worth seeing, so good she is bound to win the best-actress Oscar.

    In almost a Lifetime-Channel template, the opening scene has the professor forgetting a word or two in a lecture. Subsequently she can't find the bathroom in the family cottage, while doting husband Dr. John Howland (a fine, non-sardonic Alec Baldwin) responds with love and understanding. No doubt she is in for a rocky rest of her life.

    Besides the personal agony for her and her husband, a surprise awaits as the three children face the genetic legacy of the disease. They handle their mother's setback with assured courage, but their own genetic participation is problematic as they stand in for those in the a audience who have failed to see how close they can be to the ugly rule of the disease.

    Most involved with her mother is the contentious child, Lydia, an actress not fulfilling her mother's expectations for a child pursuing traditionally rewarding and lucrative professions such as medicine and law. Though not taking a big stretch from the brooding Bella in Twilight, Stewart holds her own with Moore as a mature character torn between the tyrannical demands of her profession and a sense of responsibility for her deteriorating mother.

    It's Moore's movie in the end, a role that quietly moves to the inevitable while never going overboard on the sentimentality of the dementia. Perhaps it's best to treat the disease with dark humor: "I think I'm getting a little bit of Alzheimer's. Just a little." Christopher Walken.
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    Okay, let me just say, Julianne Moore's performance is brilliant in the film; she captures the fear, sadness, helplessness and perseverance of an Alzheimer's patient with tact.

    Other than Moore's acting, 'Still Alice' felt quite bland and underwhelming to me. It failed to give us more insight into the lead protagonist, and gave us almost no insight into the lives and minds of her loved ones. When someone is afflicted by Alzheimer's, it's his/her loved ones who suffer more. I mean, the person exists, but all the memories connecting him/her to others ultimately vanishes, and that is torturous to the people around. The film is too linear and paper-thin; the theme had so much potential, but it's completely squandered. All of the characters just merely exist that you almost feel nothing for any of the characters. Other than Alice's speech in the second half ,there wasn't a single moment or aspect which made me connect to the characters.

    With much more needed depth, the movie could have been as terrifying as the disease itself, and may have given us some idea as to how people cope with it. Now, it's just one of those disease-movies which will be easily forgotten (except of course, for the fact that Moore finally won her Oscar for this).
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    Firstly, Julianne Moore rightly deserved the Oscar for her performance. Sadly I feel a little cheated by the movie. Having experienced first hand a family member with the condition, I felt the portrayal of this characters symptoms quite easy to cope with. The movie finished before the serious deterioration set in. Anybody who has had experience of a family member or loved one, knows exactly how difficult a condition it becomes. I wish they had gone into more depth even if it meant another 45 minutes!!! The subject matter deserves the extra time. If people are going to see this movie in preparation of what may happen in their family, then they are being short-changed. Sadly, I came away feeling that this movie failed - it was a missed opportunity to tell the real heartbreak and sacrifices that family and friends go through. If only Alzheimer's/dementia were this easy! Saying that, it's not a bad movie - I'm not trying to put you off seeing it. Good cast who play their parts well.
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    I caught this film at a film festival and I'm so glad that I did. The Oscar buzz for Julianne Moore is more than warranted. I think and hope she'll win the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Dr. Alice Howland.

    Moore brilliantly and subtly charts the decline of her character's mental state. The rapid progression of her disease makes her an unreliable narrator and the directors use the camera's focus or lack there of to illustrate her episodes. There are so many touching moments and scenes in the film and it's all treated honestly and sensitively. Personally, Alzheimer's has struck my family and Still Alice captures the different reactions of it beautifully.

    The supporting cast is truly supporting. There are no co-leads. Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart are the two standouts as John and Lydia. John's desire to ignore the reality and further his career, while deeply loving his wife hits home. Lydia's character is initially portrayed to be a rebellious aspiring actress and morphs into Alice's best caretaker. It's really quite touching and heartbreaking. Kate Bosworth is also strong as the Type A eldest daughter, Anna Howland-Jones. Lydia and Anna are very believable as sisters. Hunter Parrish's role as Tom is tiny, but he's good in it too.

    Glatzer and Westmoreland did great work on this film.
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    Not a bad movie, but where was the aggression, despair and loneliness? Julianne Moore just played as she always plays, brittle and prickly, but with a worse memory. Oscar bait it may have been, but if you want a truer picture see Iris.

    Julianne looked so good at the beginning I assumed that she'd go downhill, but no, she looks just as good at the end! How Hollywood is that?

    The supporting cast were pretty good, but my main complaint is that they've made the subject into a bit of a date movie - if you'd never heard of Alzheimers, it's the gentle intro you need. Even when she confuses her daughter with her sister (a big deal, I'd have thought) it's glossed over. No sexual advances to the wrong people, very few night terrors.

    Overall, it's OK, but a very superficial view and dull script. Much better films out there that need your money.
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    It's unquestionable that the subject matter, Alzheimer's, is a worthy topic, and accurately portrayed as far as it went.

    But as a 'best of 2014' movie it IS NOT.

    First a stereotypical Hollywood family, secondly a character (Alice) we really don't know very well until after her mental state starts to go awry, third a marriage we also don't know very well although Alec Baldwin does a decent job with the script he has. It's as if many parts are left unsaid and not communicated to the audience, and we're supposed to make up relationships and history as we go along.

    Alice's strained (or not) relationships from her past just illustrated with grainy video and photos and schmaltzy music? Come on, my intelligence got insulted many times during this film, and I found myself wanting to walk out in the middle of it.

    I could predict the ending, and of course the prediction came true. Was holding out hope that it would get better, that there was some redeeming fact or revelation that would redeem the first sections, but no such joy.

    Alas if movies could give out refunds, I'd apply for one.
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    The story here is quite simple. A young (50) college professor, Alice Howland (played by Julianne Moore), is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We follow her subsequent decline and its effects on her family.

    Unfortunately for this movie, this story has been told before in Iris (2001) and told, it has to be said, with far greater honesty and impact. By comparison, Still Alice is more like an episode from a Hollywood soap opera than a serious attempt to portray the effects of this horrible disease (which my mother suffered from). The characters are thinly drawn, the script is at times banal and the story doesn't go anywhere.

    One of the genuinely moving moments in the film is that Alice, foreseeing her forthcoming incapacity, records a set of instructions telling herself how to end it all with pills, this to be played when she can no longer remember certain key facts about her life. But when this time comes, Alice is incapable of carrying out her own instructions. The story is left with nowhere to go and ends later abruptly (and to the surprise of everyone in the theatre) with a message to the effect that 'it's all about love'. Noble sentiment but unsatisfactory cinema. It would have made a far more effective and poignant conclusion if Alice had managed to kill herself. That really would have given us something to think about. But that, perhaps, was seen as a step too far by the film-makers.

    I must admit that I have never really rated Julianne Moore as an actor. To me she always looks as if she's acting. But following her Oscar award I thought twice. Sadly, my view has not changed. She did not bring enough of the bitterness, the anger, the desperation, the sheer cruel mindlessness of dementia. One can only assume that the Academicians were honouring the subject matter as much as the acting. Watch Judi Dench as Iris Murdoch, disintegrating, falling, fading with so much expressed not in words but by her face and eyes, a gut-wrenching performance that is simply in a different league. In fact the outstanding performance for me came from Kristen Stewart playing Alice's youngest daughter.

    I was hoping for more from Still Alice. But I was disappointed.

    (Viewed at Screen 2, The Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, 8th March 2015)