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Film review

Washington soars in ‘Flight’

Actor brilliant as heroic but deeply flawed pilot

Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is grilled by reporters in “Flight.”
Photographer: Paramount
Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is grilled by reporters in “Flight.”
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If “Flight” weren’t so exceptionally crafted and acted, this tale of self-destruction and eventual redemption might feel like the sort of feel-good fare you’d see on the Lifetime Movie Network, or even a 12-step-program promotion. Instead, director Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action film since 2000’s “Cast Away” is by turns thrilling, engrossing and even darkly funny, anchored by a tremendous performance from Denzel Washington. This is one of those Washington roles, like his Oscar-winning work in ...

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