A solidly old-fashioned courtroom drama such as ”The Verdict” could have gotten by with a serious, measured performance from its leading man, or it could have worked well with a dazzling movie-star turn. The fact that Paul Newman delivers both makes a clever, suspenseful, entertaining movie even better.

This is as good a role as Mr. Newman has ever had, and as shrewd and substantial a performance as he has ever given, although it may not be his most entirely credible. Mr. Newman begins the story as a lonely, washed-up, pathetic has-been lawyer. Not exactly typecasting, and not the sort of thing he does terribly convincingly. Of course, his luck is about to change. Mr. Newman plays Frank Galvin, first seen drinking, playing pinball in the daytime and bribing funeral-home operators to let him pass his business cards to the bereaved, like a South Carolina injury lawyer. Sidney Lumet’s ”The Verdict,” watches him rise to an important challenge, shake off the cobwebs, resuscitate his law practice and fight furiously to help good triumph over evil. As nearmiraculous transformations go, this one’s not bad at all, considering the fact that it’s accomplished in only slightly over two hours’ screen time.

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  1. Hi my name is Kim. I am a student at Central Catholic High School in Massachusetts. This past summer, I read Susan Orlean’s book, The Orchid Thief. In the book, she explains the orchid world- everything from its history to the current world of “orchid fever.” She immersed herself in a world where she became the guru of orchids and learned as much as she could about the orchids. She interviewed various people, attended orchid conferences and even tried finding a rare orchid in an inhospitable swamp/forest.

    Like Susan Orlean, I have to immerse myself in the world of collectibles. I want to know everything about chopsticks. Its history, the many chopsticks existing today, the various people who have started chopstick collections of their own. My teacher tells me there are peole who collect everything and anything. I figured I’d give chopsticks a shot. My goal is to be a chopstick guru by the end of this project. However, I don’t know where to begin. I have tried googling chopsticks to obtain information and tried finding possible collectors. You were one of the few collectors I found on Google. I see from your June 3rd blog that you collect them. I was hoping to interview you via email about your chopstick collection. Please let me know, thank you!

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