Nine years in the making, Shane Salerno's documentary "Salinger" tackles that resolutely reclusive, famous writer. Roughly chronological in its exploration of J.D.'s life, "Salinger" uses archival photographs, repeating a couple from WWII, plus the few photos captured by stalkers before Salinger's 2010 death. To this, it adds interviews with two significant women in his life, testimonials, and hokey reenactments.
Some films strain too obviously and nakedly toward profundity, and Stone qualifies in that category. Corrections officer Jack Mabry must certify the rehabilitated state of Gerald "Stone" Creeson, who, aided by his shameless wife Lucetta, proves adept at manipulative mind games.