THE JUDGE:  Although a trifle long, this film can boast of a brilliant performance by Robert Downey Jr. and an equally superb one from Robert Duvall.  The story of a hotshot Chicago  lawyer who returns to his Indiana hometown to attend the funeral of his mother only to find his father (the judge) accused of murder.  As the story and the trial unfold we observe this dysfunctional family (there are three sons in all) trying to understand each other and forgive each other for any number of sins that I won't go into here.  Wonderful supporting players inclued Billy Bob Thorton as the rival lawyer, Vera Farmiga as a past love interest, Vincent D'Onofrio as the oldest brother and an outstanding Jeremy Strong as the youngest and mentally disabled brother.  All in all, a fascinating film thanks to a staggeringly talented cast.

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