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Kevin Costner saves predictable 'McFarland, USA,' reviews say
Kevin Costner saves predictable 'McFarland, USA,' reviews say

"McFarland, USA" doesn't look like it's going to be a runaway hit at the box office -- but don't blame poor ticket sales on film critics. Even though the Kevin Costner sports drama is hitting theaters on Oscar weekend -- a traditionally slow period at the multiplex -- reviewers seem to agree the film is deserving of big crowds. Based on a true story, the movie follows the cross-country team at a predominantly Mexican American high school in central California who become unlikely champions with the help of their coach (Costner). Even though the film follows "entirely predictable" tropes, Costner's performance  drives the film...

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