Good editors strive to make themselves invisible, which is what makes this affectionate biopic of Maxwell Perkins—who guided Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe into print—such an odd surprise. Screenwriter John Logan, drawing on a book by A. Scott Berg, focuses on the tempestuous relationship between Perkins (Colin Firth, excellent) and Wolfe (Jude Law, boisterous) as the quiet, sensitive businessman patiently hacked the grandiose author’s epic manuscripts down to size. The movie ends rather abruptly with Wolfe’s death, as if Perkins had no importance in his own right; no doubt he would have approved. Michael Grandage directed; with Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Dominic West (Hemingway), and Guy Pearce (Fitzgerald).