The Judge (2014)

Quick-paced legal thrills here are enhanced by captivating family drama and broken up by surprisingly goofy bits of comedy. It’s a bit jarring, but ultimately feels refreshing; each mood is well-crafted and together create a uniquely holistic and relatable feel for the film. The multiple corresponding plot threads do make the story a bit unfocused, but the central father-son character(s) study is excellent, thanks to fantastic performances from Duvall and Downey. A thoroughly engaging film.

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