The disappointing year of 2014 carries on with the highly-lauded dud, Foxcatcher. There was a lot to look forward to in this one: director Bennett Miller is coming off of two successful releases (Capote and Moneyball, though now I’m seeing a downward trend in terms of quality), Steve Carell is playing against type, and the story is weird enough to be interesting. Unfortunately, Foxcatcher isn’t like Capote where everything fit just right – it’s just kind of a directionless story that could’ve been great if they just slowed down and recognized what wasn’t working. The worst part of the film has to be Carell, who is obviously trying really hard to give a creeptastic performance as John du Pont but it just comes off as sophomoric. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo try their damnedest to scrape together any actual emotion from the proceedings, but it is just too foggy, gray, and unfocused to be brought to life.