Nominated for 8 Academy Awards

Director Adam McKay (The Big Short) explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. Texas Governor George W Bush (Sam Rockwell) picked Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) — then CEO of Halliburton Co. — to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney’s impressive résumé included stints as White House Chief of Staff, House Minority Whip, and Defense Secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. Also starring Amy Adams and Steve Carrell. (R, 132 mins)

Christian Bale really is sensational here. He transforms into Cheney before your eyes. – Andrew Lowry, Empire