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Movies: ‘Barney’s Version’
Paul Giamatti in “Barney’s Version”

Paul Giamatti is the anti-pretty-boy movie star: Balding, exophthalmic, slightly bowed and flabby, he specializes in curmudgeons — the garrulous oenophile in “Sideways”; the pessimist in “American Splendor”; the fussy, self-aggrandizing, intellectual John Adams. But he can also do tender, caring. Why else would Abigail Adams (especially as portrayed by a luminous Laura Linney in the HBO series) love and respect him so much?

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