Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Sissy Spacek
Sticklers for historical accuracy may want to avoid Oliver Stone's JFK. No stranger to conspiracy theories, Stone fashions a 189-minute argument against the widely accepted notion that Lee Harvey Oswald—the man who killed President John F. Kennedy—acted alone. And because of that, JFKis, unsurprisingly, a polarizing film.
Whether you're invested in such political theories or not shouldn't affect the experience of spending three-plus hours living in Stone's version of 1960s courtroom hysteria. Despite its epic running time, JFK fires at a breakneck pace, powered by excellent performances (particularly from leading man Kevin Costner, playing New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison) and the same kind of mysterious intrigue that makes the best kinds of "based on true events" movies (like, say, Argo) thrilling despite the fact that we all already know the outcome. —MB