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Despite 'Paterno's' ambiguities, Al Pacino is an effective — and pathetic — 'Joe Pa'

Despite 'Paterno's' ambiguities, Al Pacino is an effective — and pathetic — 'Joe Pa'

Barry Levinson's HBO film "Paterno" stars Al Pacino as celebrated Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whose considerable career abruptly imploded in 2011 when one of his former assistant coaches was accused of raping boys, and university officials, including Paterno, were accused of systematically ignoring the crimes. "Paterno" is a somber, quietly dramatic and ultimately depressing foray into a moment that's almost too upsetting to rehash, and seems further back in the old-news file than it really is.

Despite its resonance with the present-day zeal for revealing predators and supporting victims, "Paterno" (premiering Saturday) offers almost none...

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