I saw Milk in the theater last night. The first movie I've been to since last summer!
It was wonderful. I usually don't "do" biopics because they are predictable not just in the obvious way (you know what happens), but in a narrative arc kind of way. You just know how and when they will be tugging at your heartstrings. And the narrative is inherently linear and whatever complexity is in the story somehow, inevitably, ends up flattened.
That said, this was great. The story of Harvey Milk and the gay movement is important and worth being told again. Sean Penn's performance was phenomenal. The depiction of the era was uncanny. The use of actual footage was masterful. They did a very, very good job.