Beautifully adapted from Philip Roth's 2001 novel The Dying Animal
, this melancholy mediation on aging and desire hangs on an exquisite performance from Penelope Cruz as a young woman who becomes the love object of a man twice her age. It's easily her finest English-language performance to date.
Thanks to his regular appearances as the resident culture critic on Charlie Rose, English-born, Oxford-educated Columbia University professor David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) has become something of a New York City celebrity. David's latest book chronicles the rise and fall of Merrymount, the early Massachusetts settlement that became infamous for pagan may...