Few movies leave viewers as furious as "Kill the Messenger" does, for not only is the entire movie about betrayal and lies on several levels, but the final bits of the story, printed at the end, raise whatever hackles may have remained at rest. "Kill the Messenger" has no hope.
There is in the catalog of films a category of serious films about drunks. That leaves out "Hangover" and its sons, but it includes Michael Keaton's brilliant "Clean and Sober," Ray Milland's and Patricia Neal's "The Subject Was Roses," and Jack Lemmon's and Lee Remick's "Days of Wine and Roses." These are hard to watch movies, hard to sell, but unforgettable. Add to this list "Smashed," starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul.