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Review: Robinson's story goes deep, flies out in '42'

7:28 PM, Apr. 10, 2013
Trailer: '42'
Trailer: '42': The true story of Jackie Robinson, the first player to break baseball's color barrier in 1947.
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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 watered down, that the actor playing Jackie (Chadwick Boseman) comes off as a human being, not an icon. And in those regards, ...

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