Wondering about Alice

Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her role in "Still Alice" (PG-13, Sony), a tear-jerker about a linguistics professor with a rare form of Alzheimer's that's early onset and genetically passed. Alice is barely 50, and she gets lost on a jog around Columbia University, where she works. Words, which have been Alice's life, become increasingly elusive. The inevitability of Alice's fate doesn't soften the blow. But for all its bleakness, the movie, with strong supporting performances from Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin, never loses its luster. Directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, a married couple, made the movie after Glatzer was found to have ALS; he died in March.

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