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Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!, is Joel and Ethan Coen’s loving lampoon of Hollywood in the early-'50s.  Josh Brolin's film noir studio executive/problem solver keeps us moored to the Coen's version of reality on a stroll through popular film genres of the time:

George Clooney, the star of a Biblical epic, has been kidnapped by a mysterious group that turns the political climate of that era on its head. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johannson as an Esther Williams type isn't quite the All-American girl, Channing Tatum is a Gene Kelly song-and-dance man tap dancing around a secret, and a host of cameos from the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton as twin rival gossip columnists, and a hilarious turn by Frances McDormand as a chain-smoking film editor (setting up the best joke of the movie).

But the biggest revelation is heretofore unknown (to me, anyway) Alden Ehrenreich as a lariat-twirling singing cowboy trying to transition to sophisticated Cary Grant-style comedy while dating a Carmen Miranda.

7.5 out of 10


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