Running (Barely) on Empty

Two attractive stars can't put life into The Pelican Brief

Julia Roberts is fragile and determined as a law student too smart for her own good. Denzel Washington is foxy and stalwart as the reporter who wants to break the story of murderous high-level corruption she has pieced together for a research paper she calls The Pelican Brief.

It is never totally disagreeable to spend time in the company of such attractive people. And every once in a while Robert Culp appears as an addled, detached President of the United States, provoking wicked, recognizing laughter. Within living memory, the Oval Office has sheltered such a figure.

But that pretty much completes...

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