Comedienne Melissa McCarthy sheds her bright persona to play frumpy, downbeat author Lee Israel in this tragicomic biopic. Around 1990, Lee found her brand of high-tone biographies out of style. Broke, bitter and frequently drunk, she took to forging witty letters from dead literary figures. Oddly enough, this gave her great satisfaction as a writer (as well as a way to pay the rent). Nicole Holofcenter (Lovely & Amazing, Enough Said) contributes the alternately tough and tender screenplay, which adds some heavy psychological depth to Lee's petty-outrageous tale of forgery. But it's McCarthy prickly performance that rings true.FULL REVIEW:F is for Fraudulence by Devin D. O’Leary (11/8/2018). 106 minutes R.