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Reason to believe

Reason to believe

The small and medium towns in the Midwest and the Great Plains aren't so different from any other part of the United States. Half the people don't talk much, while the other half chatter to fill the silence. It's a time-honored cliche according to Garrison Keillor, but there's truth in it. And there truly are a million or more men in this country like Woody Grant, the tight-lipped subject of Alexander Payne's latest film, "Nebraska." Throughout Bob Nelson's well-ordered screenplay, Woody's wife, sons, distant relations and old, dubious friends from back home drop bits of biographical detail regarding the addled, irritable, melancholy soul at the...

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