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Review: 'Sal' rides the highs and lows of life in Hollywood
Review: 'Sal' rides the highs and lows of life in Hollywood

At the time of his 1976 murder, Sal Mineo was the rare celebrity to have publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, which might be why the killing was instantly engulfed in rumor-fueled scandal. In "Sal," director James Franco and screenwriter Stacey Miller set out to separate the random stabbing from the life it ended. Val Lauren, charismatic in the title role, suggests the vulnerability that was intrinsic to Mineo's screen work, most famously in "Rebel Without a Cause." But the results are muddled as the film imagines the last day of Mineo's life, the drama unfolding as an enervated countdown to the fatal hour. At its most perceptive, the movie taps into a...

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