Even before that whole "Rosebud" thing, rumors loved to find press baron William Randolph Hearst. But no stain has stuck more than the suggestion that pioneer Hollywood director Thomas Ince was murdered aboard Hearst's yacht in 1924. So, if you're into the still-unsolved death--and if you want to throw reality overboard--there's plenty to purr about with veteran Peter Bogdanovich's lively directorial return.
This fictionalized frolic suggests Hearst (Edward Herrmann in an uncanny portrayal) accidentally shot Ince (Cary Elwes) with a bullet meant for Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), who was getting cozy with Hearst's mistress Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst). The costume drama kicks with plenty of razzmatazz and a dash of Murder on the Orient Express on water. And while it doesn't do much to convince us that Ince really died this way, the skilled cast keeps the whodunit sailing beautifully.