Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

The sad last days of Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame, who died of cancer in 1981 at age 57, are the subject of this middling British drama, told from the perspective of Grahame’s much-younger English lover. Annette Bening—a star whose late career Grahame would have envied—bears a strong resemblance to the pixieish actress and nicely captures her pouty, flirty persona, though director Paul McGuigan, worried perhaps that no one will remember his protagonist, uses photos and clips of the real Grahame to reference her Hollywood heyday (in The Bad and the Beautiful, In a Lonely Place, and other classics). Jamie Bell costars as the London actor who falls hard for the aging bad girl and whose working-class family shows her more kindness than she gets from her sniping relatives back in LA. With Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave.