Hail, Caesar!

Ethan and Joel Coen return to period Hollywood comedy, but this time — unlike the black comedy of Barton Fink — it appears that they are far more interested in slaphappy hijinks.

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click to enlarge Channing Tatum in 'Hail, Caesar!'
Channing Tatum in 'Hail, Caesar!'

Ethan and Joel Coen return to period Hollywood comedy, but this time — unlike the black comedy of Barton Fink — it appears that they are far more interested in slaphappy hijinks. Eddie Mannix (Coen regular Josh Brolin) stars as a 1950s studio fixer pushed to earn his fee after an actor (George Clooney) disappears, the victim of a kidnapping scheme. The fixer enlists the aid of a quirky collection of insiders to right the ship. Obviously the Coens were simply looking for a chance to gather the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill and Dolph Lundgren for a crazy romp. Dolph Lundgren? (Opens Friday) (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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