The Death & Life of John F. Donovan ★★

Xavier Dolan is not yet 30 years old and has already assembled an enviable filmography – six features as a director, most of which he wrote himself, in addition to credits as actor, editor, and costume designer. His latest, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” marks his English-language debut, and his most impressive cast to date (including Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, Thandie Newton, and Bella Thorne). His films are, in this critic’s observation, divisive; he tends to be a love-him-or-hate-him sort of proposition. And ‘John F. Donovan’s not likely to change anyone’s mind.

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