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Barney's Version: movie review

The film, with standout performances from Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman, will play for one Oscar-qualifying week this month.

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IPaul Giamatti and Minnie Driver are shown in a scene from 'Barney's Version.'

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“Barney’s Version,” adapted from the Mordecai Richler novel, has been turned into an overstuffed odyssey that, while disappointing on many levels, has standout performances by Paul Giamatti as low-rent Montreal TV producer and philanderer Barney Panofsky, and, in a supporting role, Dustin Hoffman as his incorrigible father. It plays for a one week Oscar-qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles and will be reviewed by me at length when it opens for a regular run when it opens Jan. 14. Grade: B (Unrated.)

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