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MICAH MERTES movie critic


OK, so you've got Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Dolph Lundgren, Frances McDormand, Christopher Lambert and Alison Pill in a movie written and directed by current Oscar nominees the Coen Brothers ("Bridge of Spies") that tells a screwball farce set in the 1950s studio system and features cinematography by current Oscar nominee Roger Deakins ("Sicario") and a score by current Oscar nominee Carter Burwell ("Carol"). Even if this thing is not good, it's a movie-lover's duty to see it. A film at this level of pedigree — and from two of the best living filmmakers — doesn't come along very often. And Coen Brothers completists know: Sometimes you've got to take "The Lady killers" with the "Fargo," the "Intolerable Cruelty" with the "Miller's Crossing." Rated PG-13.

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