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Review: 'Philomena'

(Three stars)

In 1952, Hollywood star Jane Russell adopted an Irish-born baby, prompting controversy and headlines like "1,000 CHILDREN DISAPPEAR FROM IRELAND." Money had talked, and shady officials had issued dubious passports condoning the export and sale of Irish infants. That story died down, but thousands of Irish children were indeed spirited away. Now the film "Philomena" takes the perspective of a wronged Irish mother coerced, in 1952, into giving her baby away.

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