This drama explores the initial impact of President Kennedy's assassination, zeroing in on the events at Dallas' Parkland Hospital after he was shot. Brett Stimely portrays Kennedy (Stimely has played JFK four times, including in "Watchmen" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"), but the film focused primarily on other figures, including Lee Harvey Oswald (Jeremy Strong), his brother Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale, above), Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels (Billy Bob Thornton), Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti) and more. The film received mixed reviews, with Times critic Betsy Sharkey calling it "a movie of frustrating stumbles — blunders that diminish what might have been a brilliant film." "What you never doubt are the intentions, to illuminate the ordinary, to find a way to make a historical event newly indelible," Sharkey wrote. "'Parkland' succeeds as it fails. For whatever its flaws, it is unforgettable."
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