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TIFF 2014: Verdict remains out on Downey's 'The Judge'
TIFF 2014: Verdict remains out on Downey's 'The Judge'

"The Judge," the official opening night film of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, isn't a movie that critics will easily embrace. It's an unwieldy, somewhat overlong hybrid mix of legal procedural and family drama that, by the simplicity of its title, evokes memories of that bygone era when John Grisham adaptations such as "The Client" and "The Firm" ruled multiplexes. But "The Judge" is also a crowd-pleaser -- funny, suspenseful and sometimes quite moving -- anchored by a number of fine performances, particularly Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall playing an estranged father and son working things out the hard way. In one...

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