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Nicolas Cage can't make listless 'The Runner' a winner

Nicolas Cage can't make listless 'The Runner' a winner

The welcome prospect of seeing Nicolas Cage return to the kind of prestige vehicle befitting an Oscar winner goes unrealized in "The Runner," a hollow, listless political drama that could have been a contender. SIGN UP for the free Indie Focus movies newsletter >> Set in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the film stars Cage as an idealistic Louisiana congressman whose senatorial ambitions are derailed when one of his extramarital dalliances catches up with him. Tossed out by his relentlessly driven wife (Connie Nielsen doing her best Lady Macbeth), he goes about rebuilding his personal post-Katrina life with the support of his former...

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