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'Christine' review: Rebecca Hall channels a tortured TV journalist

'Christine' review: Rebecca Hall channels a tortured TV journalist

On July 15, 1974, Christine Chubbuck, a 29-year-old news reporter in Sarasota, Fla., drew a revolver and fatally shot herself during a live broadcast. It was a dubious first in the history of television, as well as a tragic, terrifying final gesture from a woman whose personal and professional misery ran agonizingly deep, as the director Antonio Campos has sought to unpack at length in his skillfully unnerving new drama, "Christine."

By turns coolly observed and disquietingly compassionate — qualities that also describe Rebecca Hall's brilliant central performance — the movie drifts alongside its subject, Charon-like, through the hell of her last weeks. It...

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