Movie of the Week: Hail, Caesar!

More silver-screen success from the Coen Brothers

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The Coen brothers have the kind of track record where they could incinerate many movie lovers’ wardrobes and still get long queues for their next film. This may be more Burn After Reading-tier than No Country For Old Men, but there are still plentiful ideas on display, and they’ve attracted the kind of cast usually only available to skillful blackmailers. Josh Brolin takes the lead as a studio fixer in Fifties Hollywood tasked with finding George Clooney’s kidnapped star. His subsequent encounters with a series of increasingly ludicrous figures can feel a tad episodic, and some do land better than others, but you can’t argue with the invention on display – and theCoens’ affection for a culture that is shockingly close to fading from living memory makes for a good-natured trip to the flicks. Times & trailer

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