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Aging Eastwood nails ‘Changeling’

At 78 years old, he’s still got it. Clint Eastwood’s climbing age hasn’t taken any edge off his creativity or talent.

Eastwood did an extraordinary job directing “”Changeling,”” a film in which Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich make you feel as if you’re fighting alongside single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) and Reverend Gustav Briegleb (Malkovich) as they take on the Los Angeles Police Department and its corruption in 1928.

Eastwood shows Collins’ heart-wrenching terror when her son goes missing and is then replaced with a changeling provided by the LAPD. He allows the frustration and angst to build as the LAPD attempts to cover up their laundry list of wrongdoings toward Collins, including neglect, slander and wrongful imprisonment. Eastwood skillfully adds murderous flashbacks to his grave and emotional story line, as well as scenes of mental hospital torture and courtroom trials.

Stepping out of her usual superheroine role and transforming into a more delicate kind of heroine, Jolie only reveals her more bellicose side through Collins’ character as the situation inevitably worsens. Jolie looks stunning with a tear-stained face and dark red lipstick while providing a selfless and passionate portrayal of Collins.

Briegleb has made it his personal mission to expose the LAPD, and in doing so he aids Collins in her uphill battle against one of the most powerful police forces in the country. Malkovich excels with persuasiveness in voice and manner, bringing you to hate the scum armed with titles as officers of the LAPD.

With its outstanding screenplay, acting and directing, “”Changeling”” takes you on a three-hour emotional rollercoaster ride full of apprehension, anger and fear, while Eastwood lives up to – and arguably exceeds – his previous blockbuster accomplishments.

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