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Steven Spielberg, for all his wealth and power, sometimes does his best work as a hired gun. Even casual filmgoers can recognize his directorial factory settings when they see them: strong beams of light (usually courteous of Janusz Kaminski), savior complexes, and ambivalent fathers unsure of just how fatherly they want to be. When working on material that is obviously personal to him, these themes can overpower his otherwise sharp storytelling sensibilities, but when just providing grist for the mill, he can re-evaluate them, reshape them, and find insights that he would probably never produce on his own. The case for this has never been stronger than with Catch Me If You Can, a film he directed only to protect his investment as a producer. There are fathers here, to be sure (Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, and Martin Sheen, no less), but they struggle less with their own problems than »

- Anders Nelson

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