This just in on DVD

caesarHail, Caesar  is the latest “typically sly, off-center comedy”  (NYT) from the Coen brothers.  It follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer (Josh Brolin), whose job is to keep the scandalous behavior of its stars out of the press. Things get out of hand when the star of a major production (George Clooney), goes missing,  kidnapped by blacklisted writers.  Subplots include a pregnant startlet (Scarlett Johanson), a singing cowboy with stagefright  (Alden Ehrenreich) and a spoof of period musicals (Channing Tatum). Tilda Swinton plays dual role as rival gossip columnists.    As goes with the Coen’s these days, the line between farce and frivolity is a thin one.

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