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At FLIFF, Burt Reynolds' lifetime of achievement

At FLIFF, Burt Reynolds' lifetime of achievement

In Burt Reynolds’ bittersweet comedy “Dog Years,” opening the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 3, the actor must get by without the props he’s been associated with in nearly 60 years on screens big and small: No guns, no cars, no canoe, no biceps, no hypersexed charisma.

Instead, the 81-year-old actor gets by on vulnerability and emotion in his portrayal of a man with whom he is intimately familiar.

Penned specifically for him by writer-director Adam Rifkin, Reynolds plays a former Hollywood leading man who, against his better judgment, agrees to fly to Nashville to accept a lifetime achievement award at a film festival that turns out to be an...