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Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' comes up empty and dry
Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' comes up empty and dry

With "The Water Diviner," Russell Crowe makes his feature directing debut with a big, sweeping period film with battle scenes, family drama, personal redemption, twists of fate and a darling ragamuffin boy for good measure. It's an unsurprisingly ambitious movie from the notoriously, proudly headstrong Crowe, which makes it such a disappointment that it feels so blandly earnest and unexpectedly hesitant, with none of the unnerving conviction the actor often brings even to lightweight promotional appearances. From a screenplay written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, the film's story is drawn from one simple line in a letter from an Australian officer —...

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