By Eric Kohn
June 02, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

My Name is Bill W.

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Made-for-TV movies tend to lack subtlety, but ABC’s Bill W. recounts the ills of alcoholism in cries and whispers. Woods is engrossing in an Emmy-winning turn as heavily mythologized stockbroker Bill Wilson, who defeated his own addiction and cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous during the Depression. The story has the poignancy of a Frank Capra yarn without the dogmatism, and showcases a versatile cast, especially the doleful Sinise and Garner.

EXTRAS A featurette in which the actors and crew speak about Wilson’s ”tremendous abilities” offers no new insights.

My Name is Bill W.

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