‘True Story’ can’t get at the heart of the matter (Our grade: B-)

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Jonah Hill, left, and James Franco appear in a scene from “True Story.”

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Jonah Hill, left, and James Franco appear in a scene from “True Story.”

Finkel (Jonah Hill) is introduced as a stereotypically arrogant globe-hopping journalist, the kind who writes a deadline piece while playing poker with colleagues and thinks his bosses are going to tell him he’s up for a Pulitzer hours before he is canned. He retreats to Montana to be with his wife Jill (an underused Felicity Jones) and lick his wounds.

So it’s not too shocking that Finkel sees a golden opportunity with Longo (James Franco), this strange and distant man who offers him the story of the lifetime in exchange for Finkel’s teaching him how to write (flattery will get you pretty much anywhere with writers).

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