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‘J. EDGAR’ & ‘THE SKIN I LIVE IN’

The first thing to be said about J. Edgar, the biopic about the late FBI director, is that it is an unexpectedly forbearing, even pitying look at J. Edgar Hoover. The second: With pity like this, who needs calumny?

Written by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Clint Eastwood, this movie turns out to be the negative complement of another biopic, Milk, also written by Black. That 2008 film was fairly...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.