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'Albert Nobbs' -- 2 1/2 stars

R; 1:53 running time For reasons we learn gradually, emotional and economic burdens have led this woman to initiate a decadeslong masquerade and then to lose herself beneath her own facade. A chance meeting with a fellow traveler, a painter played by Janet McTeer, shows Albert a way forward, however bittersweet the discoveries. Close and McTeer received Academy Award nominations this week for their work in "Albert Nobbs," directed with supreme discretion and dramatic tact by Rodrigo Garcia. The performers' talent aside, Oscar voters love this sort of thing: It's acting both conspicuous and contained, revealing while concealing. -- Michael PhillipsRead the full "Albert Nobbs" movie review
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