Movie review: ‘The Pope’s Exorcist’

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Bob GarverSpecial to the Valley NewsWhen I first heard that there was a movie called “The Pope’s Exorcist,” I thought maybe it was about a guy that performs an exorcism on the pope. That could be a cool idea – the holiest man in the Catholic Church himself needing an exorcism. But no, it’s just about the pope’s preferred exorcist going off and performing an exorcism on yet another possessed teenager. Ho hum.Russell Crowe plays the Rev. Gabriele Amorth, a real-life figure in the Catholic Church whose story, I’m sure, is more interesting than anything in this movie. He’s described in movie advertising as “wisecracking,” but that’s a stretch. He offers a few dry remarks, plays some head games, makes some goofy noises and is flippant with a review board, but I
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