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Naomi Watts

Writer of 'Milk' questions the psyche of 'J. Edgar'

Writer of 'Milk' questions the psyche of 'J. Edgar'

The late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover would have hated director Clint Eastwood's new movie about him, but audiences are likely to be intrigued by it. Although "J. Edgar" does not realize its full dramatic potential, it's an ambitious attempt to get inside the mind of a man for whom secrecy was a professional attribute.

During his long career, Eastwood's strength as a director has been his adherence to straightforward, deliberately paced storytelling that encourages actors to develop their characters in an incremental fashion.

Ironically, "J. Edgar" would have been an even better film if it adhered more rigorously to Eastwood's usual working...