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Leatherheads

George Clooney's winning streak as a director (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck) screeches to a halt with this flat screwball comedy about the early days of professional football. As captain of the ragtag Duluth Bulldogs in 1925, Clooney looks way too old to be on the field, and having all the characters make jokes about his age doesn't help. Renee Zellweger (who's made four period pictures since Chicago in 2002) gets some warmed over Front Page stuff as a Chicago Tribune reporter who's trying to expose as a fraud Clooney's war-hero star player (John Krasinski of NBC's The Office). She and Clooney never strike sparks, leaving him with nothing at the climax but the amusing spectacle of a big, muddy game. With Jonathan Pryce. PG-13, 114 min.

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