Though it plays a little loose with the facts, director Joe Wright's ("Atonement") version of a true story remains inspiring, thanks to excellent work by its leading actors.
Robert Downey Jr. plays a Los Angeles newspaper columnist who discovers that a homeless man ( Jamie Foxx) has remarkable musical talents; if the story seems predictable, that's offset by some surprising choices the stars make particularly Foxx, who offers a convincing view of schizophrenia.
Catherine Keener and Lisa Gay Hamilton ("The Practice") co-star. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Wright; deleted scenes. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun