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  • HollywoodandFine.com Only serious jazz fans remember Joe Albany, a pianist whose bright and energetic attack kept him working until his death in 1988. “Low Down,” based on a memoir by...

    ‘Low Down’: Addicted to cliches

    HollywoodandFine.com Only serious jazz fans remember Joe Albany, a pianist whose bright and energetic attack kept him working until his death in 1988. “Low Down,” based on a memoir by...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com What is most astonishing, as you watch Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” is how calm everyone is. At least at first. The next most astonishing thing? How quietly rational all these...

    ‘Citizenfour’: Sound the alarm

    HollywoodandFine.com What is most astonishing, as you watch Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” is how calm everyone is. At least at first. The next most astonishing thing? How quietly rational all these...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com What is a laggie? Judging from the substance of Lynn Shelton’s new film, “Laggies,” it’s someone who has fallen behind in life. Not that Shelton or screenwriter Andrea Seigel...

    ‘Laggies’: Start your engines

    HollywoodandFine.com What is a laggie? Judging from the substance of Lynn Shelton’s new film, “Laggies,” it’s someone who has fallen behind in life. Not that Shelton or screenwriter Andrea Seigel...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com This seems to be the season for movies in the 140-150 minute range, length apparently meant to convey importance. David Ayer’s “Fury” is one of the few that warrants...

    ‘Fury’: War is hell

    HollywoodandFine.com This seems to be the season for movies in the 140-150 minute range, length apparently meant to convey importance. David Ayer’s “Fury” is one of the few that warrants...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com “The Judge” is, in its way, the kind of old-fashioned potboiler – a courtroom drama – that the studios made regularly when the studios actually thought there was an...

    ‘The Judge’: Call a recess

    HollywoodandFine.com “The Judge” is, in its way, the kind of old-fashioned potboiler – a courtroom drama – that the studios made regularly when the studios actually thought there was an...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Bill Murray has had the most piquant of film careers, launching himself from “Saturday Night Live” into goofy comedies that eventually gave way to something deeper and more satisfying,...

    ‘St. Vincent’: The Passion of St. Bill

    HollywoodandFine.com Bill Murray has had the most piquant of film careers, launching himself from “Saturday Night Live” into goofy comedies that eventually gave way to something deeper and more satisfying,...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com “Whiplash,” a terrific film by Damien Chazelle, exemplifies all that is wrong with the way movies are released these days. This smart, razor-edged film has been out there, tantalizing...

    ‘Whiplash’: The beat goes on

    HollywoodandFine.com “Whiplash,” a terrific film by Damien Chazelle, exemplifies all that is wrong with the way movies are released these days. This smart, razor-edged film has been out there, tantalizing...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com It’s the rare journalism movie that gets it right when it comes to depicting the day-to-day on a daily newspaper. And, given the terminal condition of American print, journalism...

    ‘Kill the Messenger’: Get the message out

    HollywoodandFine.com It’s the rare journalism movie that gets it right when it comes to depicting the day-to-day on a daily newspaper. And, given the terminal condition of American print, journalism...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com Based on a novel by Chad Kultgen,  Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” is a multi-character film that wants to deliver a message about how our burgeoning electronic connectivity...

    ‘Men, Women & Children’: Save yourself

    HollywoodandFine.com Based on a novel by Chad Kultgen,  Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” is a multi-character film that wants to deliver a message about how our burgeoning electronic connectivity...

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  • HollywoodandFine.com There hasn’t been a twisty, best-selling legal thriller whose film version was as anticipated as “Gone Girl” since, I would say, “Presumed Innocent.” (And don’t say “Girl with the...

    ‘Gone Girl’: Let’s do the twist

    HollywoodandFine.com There hasn’t been a twisty, best-selling legal thriller whose film version was as anticipated as “Gone Girl” since, I would say, “Presumed Innocent.” (And don’t say “Girl with the...

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