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Uh-oh. This comes with a tag-line to chill the marrow: "Find the Joy". Well, I searched for a while. Rob Reiner's old-geezer comedy may have solid-gold names over the title, but the script is base metal that admits of no comic alchemy. Morgan Freeman is a car mechanic who sacrificed loftier ambitions 40 years ago for the sake of his family; Jack Nicholson is a self-satisfied plutocrat with four marriages and one estranged daughter behind him.

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He's peaked and troughed more than once in his career, but there are no diminishing returns for Morgan Freeman. He tells Ivan Waterman about his three latest films, one of which may earn him another Oscar nomination. He might just be a Wall Street banker in his tailored blue lounge suit, crisp blue shirt and yellow silk tie. The only clue is the out-of- place gold earrings. But even they kind of make a style statement for Morgan Freeman.

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The Clintons, along with members of the White House staff, were expected to get themselves into the mood for today's conference by attending a showing of Steven Spielberg's new film, Amistad, due to be released next week.

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