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Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. (IMDb)

I'm kind of on the fence on this one. In terms of plot, this wasn't exactly anything revolutionary. The acting does elevate it a little bit, but the characters are also nothing new. Robert Downey Jr. is quite good, but at the beginning, he's basically lawyer Tony Stark. His character does develop nicely though as the movie goes on. Robert Duvall also does a nice job, but to be totally honest, I don't quite know if it was Oscar worthy. He plays a stubborn old man. The script only gives him a few places for vulnerability, which I would have needed more of. The first half hour is really slow, but starts to pick up and become more interesting as it goes on. Overall, this isn't bad and by the end, you see what they were going for, it just takes a really long time to get there.



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