CINEMA: TALES OF YOUNG MEN AND THEIR DREAMS OF GLORY

For the moment, which may extend to Academy Awards night, Matt Damon has cornered the always busy market in youthful, affronted innocence. And you have to admit he's pretty good at it. In The Rainmaker, playing Rudy Baylor, a young, undertrained lawyer trying his first case, he shows a nice sneaky knuckler, tracing an erratic path toward the strike zone. In Good Will Hunting, he pitches a sharp curve ball as a brilliant autodidact, confused by his own genius, alternately angry and vulnerable. Yet whether Damon has a high hard one, a true star's blowback fastball, is not a question these...

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