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"Doubt" review - Meryl Streep is the perfect villain.

Doubtby Steve Ramos, Writer Meryl Streep is the perfect villain in suspenseful ‘Doubt’ If esteemed film critic Pauline Kael were still alive, watching and reviewing movies, I imagine she would pounce all over Meryl Streep for her performance in “Doubt” as villainous Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal and Catholic nun in 1964, convinced that a young priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), molested a male student. Kael frequently accused Streep of playacting, of emphasizing foreign accents and changes in her physical appearance instead of more natural performances. With “Doubt,” the most intimate of the year- end, prestige releases, a period film drama that’s nearly perfect, Kael would have targeted Streep’s Irish lilt, wire-framed spectacles and black bonnet and cloak. Kael would have criticized Streep for once again playing dress up but in the case of writer/director John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” an adaptation of his acclaimed stage play,

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