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‘42’ is accurate, entertaining but low-key look at Robinson breaking color barrier

Chadwick Boseman, left, and Harrison Ford are shown in a scene from the movie "42."
Chadwick Boseman, left, and Harrison Ford are shown in a scene from the movie "42."
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Earnest, righteous, historically accurate and often entertaining, writer-director Brian Helgeland’s “42” is pretty much all you could hope for in a Jackie Robinson film biography. Minus the excitement, which given how well-known Robinson’s story is to baseball fans, is no cardinal sin. And the cast is more adequate than thrilling. It’s the sort of story that you find yourself hoping they don’t screw up — that the baseball will be convincing, that the racism isn’t ...


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