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Extended cut of 'The Counselor' settles its case

Extended cut of 'The Counselor' settles its case

Ridley Scott's recent film "The Counselor" certainly looked on the surface like something that would need no help in becoming a hit, with Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem starring in a high-gloss tale of a drug deal gone wrong directed by Scott from a screenplay by "No Country For Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy.

But then the film turned out to be too much its own thing. Rather than a prestige commercial film, it was a moody, melancholy saga prone to philosophical asides. Even Scott has recently referred to "The Counselor," with its unforgiving, hardened chill, as "an art movie."

The film has...

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