Steve Buscemi

An exceptional Richard Gere powers ‘Norman’ through highs and lows in New York

An exceptional Richard Gere powers ‘Norman’ through highs and lows in New York

Subtle, unsettling, slyly amusing, "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer" takes some getting used to because it's the kind of film we're not used to seeing.

Starring an unexpectedly persuasive Richard Gere and the first English-language film from top Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar, this delicate, novelistic character study is what more American independent films would be like if more were made by thoughtful grown-ups who gravitated toward nuance and complexity.

The gifted Cedar, a writer-director whose last two works, "Beaufort" and "Footnote," were Oscar nominated, never makes the same film twice. Here he's come up with...

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