Shattered Glass

The only good thing to come out of disgraced journalist Stephen Glass' regrettable existence is writer-director Billy Ray's debut film about him. Like Elephant, it makes no attempt to diagnose or peek inside the sociopathic mind. We simply see serial liar Glass in action, creepily recreated by Hayden Christensen (pictured, left) as he pads around The New Republic office in his socks. His Glass is an emotional lamprey who attaches himself to ambitious young colleagues and his superiorschiefly editor Charles Lane (Peter Sarsgaard, right). Ray builds palpable tension into the foregone conclusion of Glass' downfall, and makes Lane the hero of a satisfying morality play about journalism besmirched and redeemed. (PG-13) Continues at Metro and Uptown. TIM APPELO

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