Of the many reasons to see director Bennett Miller's coolly literate account of the six years Truman Capote spent researching and writing his 1966 "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood
, Philip Seymour Hoffman's astonishingly accurate characterization is only one. Catherine Keener's beautifully shaded performance as Capote's old friend Harper Lee is another and above all, actor-turned-writer Dan Futterman's smart, subtle screenplay, which explores both Capote's determination to turn murder into literature and the deeply troubling questions he raised in the process. Brooklyn, 1959: Transfixed by a New York Times
article detailing the unsolved murders of a prom...