State of Play now playing at Arlington Theater.
State of Play is the story of a journalist’s probe into the suspicious death of a Congressman’s mistress. Russell Crowe plays the journalist and Ben Affleck plays the Congressman. Support comes from Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, Rachel McAdams, and Jeff Daniels. The plot of the six-hour serial has been condensed to fit two hours, and the location changed to Washington, D.C. MacDonald said State of Play is in the form of films of the 1970s, and explores the topical subjects of journalistic independence and the relationship between politicians and the press. State of Play was released in North America on April 17, 2009.