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The Soloist

Based on the true-life account by L.A. Times journalist Steve Lopez, this dramatic biopic tells the story of a burned-out newspaperman (Robert Downey Jr.) who befriends a mentally unstable homeless man (Jamie Foxx) who turns out to be a gifted, Juilliard-trained musician. Given the elements that it brings together, it's good the film manages to avoid the syrupy, feel-good formula. On the other hand, the frustrating chain of events offered by the script results in a realistic but somewhat unsatisfying narrative. Doesn't mean you won't cry, though. A Casas De Vida Nueva presentation and benefit. 109 minutes PG-13.