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  Rated PG-13 · 106 minutes · 2016

Few contemporary filmmakers create works that require more reflection than the Coen brothers—and that applies even when they’re turning out one of their “lighter” comedies. Set at a Hollywood studio circa 1951, it follows “Head of Physical Production” and all-purpose fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) as he puts out a variety of fires over the course of two days: dealing with a pregnant, unwed actress (Scarlett Johansson); deflecting the investigations of gossip columnists; and facing the kidnapping by Communists of star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) from the set of a Biblical epic. The brothers have a blast creating scenes from the production of several different kinds of era-appropriate movies, capturing the goofy delights—and occasional closeted subtexts—they offered. And while the result often feels less than fully cohesive, Hail, Caesar! eventually comes together as a celebration of movies as a kind of secular belief system. As wonderfully silly as it is in its individual moments—and, typically for the Coens, in its deadpan-perfect performances—it’s also surprisingly thoughtful about the way a crazy, cutthroat business still manages to manufacture things that transport us.


Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!

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Official Site: www.hailcaesarmovie.com
Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Producer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Robert Graf
Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh, Alison Pill and Ian Blackman

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Connect Savannah Review: Hail, Caesar! An honorable look back at the olden, golden days of the studio system, when most movies were filmed on backlots and actors had strict contracts with particular companies. It touches upon numerous elements of the era, from manufactured romances between young talents to the rise of Communism in the film industry. by Matt Brunson 02/02/2016

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