Hail-Caesar

Capitol Pictures head of production Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) has a full slate of fires to put out: a kidnapped George Clooney who comes under the sway of communism, the need to curry favor with various religious figures, a pregnant starlet who needs a husband to maintain her good girl image, an ambush by gossip columnist twin sisters, and a cowboy actor struggling with erudition in his first romantic comedy. It’s all in a day’s work for Mannix. As world-threatening or paradigm-shifting as some of these crises are, they all turn out okay in the end. Despite the weightiness of the subject matter, this is decidedly a light feature. “Would that it were so simple”? Actually, it is.

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