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Denzel Washington overpowers 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

Writer/director Dan Gilroy had Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington in mind when he was creating the script for "Roman J. Israel, Esq." His instincts were right. Washington buries himself deep in the role of a savant lawyer who finds himself at a major junction in his life when his mentor dies. As Washington has done in every role he plays, it's not just enough to act out the words on the script but he embodies the character to the nexus of total transformation.

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Josh Gad sings praises of new 'Frozen' short

One thing is certain. When it comes to "Frozen," the Walt Disney Animation Studio is not going to let it go. The latest work to spring from the 2013 Oscar winner for Best Animated Film is a new 21-minute short, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure." It's being shown with the feature film "Coco," which opens Wednesday.

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Timing was right for Dan Gilroy's 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'

If director/writer Dan Gilroy had been born only a few years later than 1959, odds are high he would have never come up with the idea for his latest film project, "Roman J. Israel, Esq." The film looks at a savant lawyer (Denzel Washington) stuck emotionally and socially in the 1960s who faces major changes after a tragic event.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

AMERICAN MADE. 3 stars. Tom Cruise stars in this fun but heavily fictionalized portrait of Barry Seal, a drug smuggler who found himself at the intersection of drug cartels and CIA adventurism in Central and South America in the 1970s and '80s. Directed by Doug Liman. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) – Gary Thompson

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