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Does Robert DeNiro have a great role left in him?
Once upon a time, Robert DeNiro was the great man of American cinema. Whether it was "Taxi Driver," " The Godfather II" or even "Awakenings," he was the guiding light for a generation of actors. He was beloved. He was respected. He was feared. Sometime in the '90s he started to bank on that goodwill to make big, audience-friendly comedies. It was a change of pace and we respected that. "Meet the Parents" was a hit. "Analyze This" was too. But then came the sequels and the misfires and the head-scratching career choices -- "Rocky and Bullwinkle"? Really? This year, he re-teamed with that other master thespian, Al Pacino for the lame cop thriller " Righteous Kill." He also starred as a Hollywood producer in Barry Levinson's ignored "What Just Happened?" Audiences asked, "What happened to DeNiro?" He's re-teaming with "Heat" director Michael Mann once again for "Frankie Machine," so here's hoping DeNiro can wow us one more time.