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    MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Descendants'

    Director Alexander Payne ("Election," "About Schmidt," "Sideways") is a master of capturing unmoored, neurotic men in moments of decision. His films are sly, novelistic and nuanced, and though they are often buoyed along by humor, they are not comedies. There is a general inwardness and melancholia to Mr. Payne's work that is belied by the hilarity of specific moments.

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