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REVIEW: Leonardo DiCaprio Great as FBI Boss, but Still Can't Save 'J. Edgar'

“J. Edgar” should have been Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece. Unfortunately, it isn’t. Here is a biopic about the life of a man with enough material to make one of the most intriguing films ever made. Hoover founded the FBI, became one of the most influential people in the country, supposedly was a closeted homosexual, had mounds of dirt on politicians, presidents and their wives, and inspired a slew of James Cagney films and comic books.  All those ingredients should make up the juiciest film of the year, but "J. Edgar" is dull, dull, dull.Biopics work best when the film focuses on one or two important moments of the subject’s life. (See “Capote.”) “J. Edgar” is an extremely unfocused film. Scenes jump from the Lindbergh baby tragedy to Nixon’s threat to the bureau to the civil rights movement to battling Bolsheviks. The script by Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") is stretched so thin so as to almost void the movie of substance. "J. Edgar" tries to be a film about relationships, but it never si...

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