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'Robot & Frank': Langella switches on the larcenous charm ★★
'Robot & Frank': Langella switches on the larcenous charm ★★

"Robot & Frank" may be the oddest credit in Frank Langella's almost 60 years on stage and screen. It is, as its title declares, about a robot. And Frank. This sentimental comedy traffics in old age, forgetfulness, family and a robot that "feels." And it works better than it has any right to, largely through Langella's way with a curmudgeon, his force of personality. The Frank this Frank plays is an aged retiree in upstate New York, a man living out his golden years "in the near future," when the cars have grown tinier, the phones even thinner and the local library has become an empty "museum" for books, in need of a hip makeover and...

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