Robert De Niro‘s The Good Shepherd (Universal, 12.22), a drama about the evolution-devolution of a CIA superspook (Eric Roth‘s script is based on the life of James Jesus Angleton), has gotten a mixed response from a couple of AICN correspondents. The responses to perfs by Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie are fine, but the film has otehrwise been described (and obviously it’s early in the game for December ’06 release) as long (around three hours), “boringly filmed” and that it “needs a lot of work.” It costars Alec Baldwin, Joe Pesci, Keir Dulleau and De Niro.