April 24, 2014 1:00 PM

‘The Railway Man’: Looking back in anger, agony | 2.5 stars

It’s easier to like “The Railway Man” than it is to love it. Despite solid performances by Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgard, and a handsome cinematic sheen burnishing the shocking, true-life tale of wartime torture and reconciliation, the film is less deeply affecting than merely admirable.

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