Starring Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

Star studded ode to Hollywood’s studio system, here depicted in its last days of the 1950s, before stars and directors began to run things. Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, a guy whose job it is to keep movie stars’ private lives private. When Baird Whitlock is kidnapped by Communists (later developing Stockholm syndrome), it’s Mannix’s job to get him back, with the help of assorted oddball Hollywood types. Funny but slight, and without a sharp structure to push the action along, this episodic work from the Coen brothers is bottom tier in their filmography; but they can always be counted on for memorable characters, and Ralph Fiennes in his brief screen time steals the show.

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