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Film review

Reitman labors with story of unlikely love

From left, Gattlin Griffith, Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet star in “Labor Day.” (Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures)
From left, Gattlin Griffith, Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet star in “Labor Day.” (Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures)
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The funniest unintentional laugh in “Labor Day” is the way adaptor / director Jason Reitman treats this eye-rolling, melodramatic romance novel as if he’s got his hands on the works of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy. A genteel escaped convict hides out with a grieving divorcee and offers another chance at love? It’s “The Prisons of Madison County.” Kate Winslet conveys a quivering, emotionally crippled vulnerability as the single mom and Josh Brolin suggests the proper balance ...


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