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Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

5 February 2016 9:50 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Coen brothers first started publicly discussing their idea for Hail, Caesar! over a decade ago, but the resulting film feels jauntily tossed together in a fraction of that time. In some ways that’s a good thing. The film has a loose comic energy that allows it to slip easily from lengthy sketches to plottier sequences. But it’s also lacking in coherence. The Coens seem unsure if they’re making a statement about old Hollywood or just riffing on it, and audiences will likely become confused as to whether the brothers’ treatment of classic cinema is delivered laughingly or lovingly.

The 1950s-set film follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a movie studio “fixer” whose already hectic existence is burdened by the disappearance of Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), the bumbling star of a Biblical epic called Hail, Caesar! Baird, it turns out, has been kidnapped by Communists, whose plans for »

- Patrick Dunn

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Movie Review – Hail, Caesar! (2016)

5 February 2016 9:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hail, Caesar!, 2016.

Produced, Written, and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Max Baker, Heather Goldenhersh, Veronica Osorio, Clancy Brown, Wayne Knight, Fisher Stevens, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lambert, Natasha Bassett, Alex Karpovsky, John Bluthal, and Alison Pill.


A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.

“It’s either going to work or it isn’t” – George Clooney in some interview I once read online that I can’t find anymore discussing the production of Hail, Caesar!.

Producers, writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen have a rich history of tackling different genres, in turn making for a broad range of films; you’ve got classic characters like The Dude in the freewheeling stoner comedy The Big Lebowski, symbolism permeating the experience of more »

- Robert Kojder

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Hail, Caesar! | Review

5 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sign of the Cross: The Coen Bros. Revisit the Backlot Desires of Hollywood’s Golden Era

The Coen Bros., back with their first title since 2013’s Cannes darling Inside Llewyn Davis, step back to an even earlier era with Hail, Caesar!, a 1950s set allegory parallelizing movie studio heads with their supernatural equivalent—God. A rather stressful day unfolds on the backlot of Capitol Pictures, where a leading star currently set to film the final, important speech in a Biblical epic is kidnapped by a serene group of Communist writers. Meanwhile, the general cadre of hungry gossip columnists, disgruntled auteurs, and budding celebrities must be continuously juggled and groomed by the studio’s omnipotent figurehead. It’s an ideal environment for the duo, who seem to be consistently recapitulating earlier films and eras, like their rehash of True Grit (2010). There’s something about this latest effort which hints at the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Film Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ is Coen Bros. Excellence for Movie Lovers

5 February 2016 8:15 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen love the movies, and that love is magnificently played out in “Hail, Caesar!” As they riff on religion, geopolitics and 1950s morality, while wonderfully celebrating and spoofing an era in movies that will never be again, the Coens abide and deliver.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

This film is a celebration, couched in references to other studio-era stars, the communist scare of McCarthyism (the Coens do it better than the film “Trumbo,” which was directly about that witch hunt), and the odd personalities that people once had, as celebrity culture was something still being invented. Josh Brolin is in the middle of the madness, as a over-scheduled studio head whose days spent as a “fixer” are hilarious as they are defining. The film works on all levels – as comedy, social commentary and allegory – but it never is pretentious, and prefers a light touch over any other type of narrative. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Hail, Caesar! Movie Review

5 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Hail, Caesar! Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director:  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Written by:  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 2/2/16 Opens:  February 5, 2016 Irving Berlin’s song “There’s no business like show business” may have been written for the stage, but it sure as hell0 applies as well to movies.  Consider this: Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), who works as a movie studio “fixer” in the 1950s, receives a lucrative offer from an aviation company, one that would give him a  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Hail, Caesar! – The Review

4 February 2016 10:52 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A kidnapping is at the center of some of the Coen Brothers’ most indelible pictures. From Raising Arizona to Fargo to The Big Lebowski, someone goes missing and it’s through this unfortunate victim’s disappearance that characters are revealed. You can now add Hail, Caesar! to this list. However, while most of these kidnappings spawn a colorful cast of characters where hilarity and morality often sway from the light to the very dark, Hail, Caesar! doesn’t exactly use the taking of the half-wit Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) as the catalyst to propel most of the characters and the story. In fact, it becomes simply just another piece of this collage that the Coens have assembled that is equally both an ode to classic cinema and a biting satire showcasing a facade of what many believe to be what Hollywood is really like.

As studio fixer for Capitol Pictures »

- Michael Haffner

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Review: George Clooney, Channing Tatum and A-Listers Galore Have Fun Spoofing Old Hollywood in Hail, Caesar!

4 February 2016 8:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ah, old Hollywood cinema: the glamour, the stars, the back-lot romances - all fake, of course. But that’s what made it grand. The Coen brothers' latest is a paean to the 1950s studio system, with Josh Brolin running herd as Eddie Mannix, the fixer on the lot. It’s a rough day for Eddie, what with aquatic actress DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) getting knocked up, a gossip columnist (Tilda Swinton) nosing around and biblical-epic star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) going missing. It's all nuts, and the actors couldn't be having more fun, including Ralph Fiennes as an exacting auteur, »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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Review: George Clooney, Channing Tatum and A-Listers Galore Have Fun Spoofing Old Hollywood in Hail, Caesar!

4 February 2016 8:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ah, old Hollywood cinema: the glamour, the stars, the back-lot romances - all fake, of course. But that’s what made it grand. The Coen brothers' latest is a paean to the 1950s studio system, with Josh Brolin running herd as Eddie Mannix, the fixer on the lot. It’s a rough day for Eddie, what with aquatic actress DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) getting knocked up, a gossip columnist (Tilda Swinton) nosing around and biblical-epic star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) going missing. It's all nuts, and the actors couldn't be having more fun, including Ralph Fiennes as an exacting auteur, »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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Hail Caesar Cast Interview

4 February 2016 12:49 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

“Hail, Caesar!,” the Coen Brother’s genre-busting new comedy crime caper set in 1950s Hollywood, features a terrific cast that includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Alden Ehrenreich, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Frances McDormand. It’s a wildly entertaining tale populated by fascinating characters about a day in the life of […]

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- Sheila Roberts

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'Hail, Caesar!' Review: Coen Brothers Bore with Golden Age Satire

4 February 2016 9:18 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hail, Caesar!, the latest opus from Ethan and Joel Coen, is a bit of a letdown. It works as a clever satire of 50s Hollywood, but falls decidedly flat in insufferably dull stretches. There's no lack of star power or panache in the film. A-listers galore and another fine collaboration with brilliant cinematographer Roger Deakins gives Hail, Caesar! an accurate look. It's the uneven humor that dribs and drabs like molasses. Moments of slight hilarity lose focus as scenes play too long. It's almost as if the Coen Brothers were so enamored with their cast they forgot to trim the fat. Lesser filmmakers may be applauded for this effort, but Hail, Caesar! is a bunt from two of the greats.

The story takes place over the course of a day in 1951 Hollywood. Capitol Studios fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) has an avalanche of crisis to juggle. Baird Whitlock (George Clooney »

- MovieWeb

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Film Review: Hail, Ceasar!

4 February 2016 5:52 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Coen brothers are some of Hollywood’s, nay, the world’s most important directors. Since they entered the scene in 1984 with Blood Simple they’ve rightfully found huge success with their brand of offbeat stories and neurotic characters. Like Woody Allen before them, they’ve tried their hand at a variety of genres, yet kept their voice consistent throughout. They also have the rare distinguishment of appealing to the art-house crowds, while also finding commercial success in Hollywood and abroad. Like Allen, every so often they have a “pallet cleanser” project in between some of their “high-brow” fare that just doesn’t congeal the way it ought to. Hail, Caesar! falls into that latter category.

I did my best to go into this with an open mind. It was the Coen Brothers after all, and the trailers did their job well in alerting us to just how many Big »

- Sprocket the Dog

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Review: The Coens use 'Hail, Caesar!' to take a silly but smart look at Hollywood's soul

3 February 2016 4:05 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As I was driving home from talking to Joel and Ethan Coen about their latest film, I called my parents, laughing about the way the film folds Hollywood truth into Hollywood fiction. I mentioned that the Loretta Young story was an obvious inspiration for one thread of the film, and my parents seemed confused by the reference. They knew who Loretta Young was, no doubt, but they had never heard the defining story of her personal life because back when Young was still an active movie star, my parents were part of the audience who were protected from the truth to help keep those movie star images squeaky-clean. Eddie Mannix, played by Josh Brolin, is officially listed as the Head of Physical Production for Capitol Studios, but what he really does is handle problems. He's a fixer. And there was an actual Eddie Mannix who worked for MGM. If you remember Hollywoodland, »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Coen Brothers are back with “Hail, Caesar!”

3 February 2016 12:39 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Just about every other year, more or less like clockwork, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen unleash another film on audiences across the world. Fans of their work will probably be delighted by Hail, Caesar!, which opens this weekend and really resembles some of the most overtly comedic work from the Coens. It’s got an A list cast and an Old Hollywood setting, which will make some folks assume this is a prestige picture. In reality though, this is more of a romp and an example of the filmmaking brothers just having a grand old time. It didn’t thrill me like it will thrill others, but I suspect this won’t be another big Oscar player of theirs, regardless. The film is a look at the day in the life of a Hollywood fixer. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) works at a big studio in the early 1950’s, making sure »

- Joey Magidson

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Ranked: The Best Coen Brothers Characters

3 February 2016 11:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Have any American filmmakers working today created as many memorable characters as Joel and Ethan Coen? Wes Anderson’s sometimes come second to the set design, David Lynch’s are a little too inscrutable, and Terrence Malick’s are mostly there for the twirling. But in their every movie, even lesser ones (and you could make an argument that there are no lesser Coen movies), the duo come up with indelible creations who are sometimes comic, sometimes terrifying, often both, and who are very, very difficult to forget. “Hail, Caesar!,” which opens this week (read our review here), looks to deliver on that front. The filmmakers have assembled their most glittering cast to date, which includes both returning collaborators like George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin and Tilda Swinton, and new recruits like Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich, all playing various figures across the golden age of Hollywood. »

- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton

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Daily | Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar!

3 February 2016 7:14 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar! will be out in the States on Friday before opening this year's Berlinale. A sendup of Hollywood in 1951, the film boasts an all-star cast—Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh and Alison Pill. Plus, it's been shot on film by Roger Deakins and the soundtrack is by Carter Burwell. As the first reviews come in, we'll be gathering the most notable, and of course, we've got trailers and clips as well. » - David Hudson »

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Film Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’

3 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If there’s such a thing as poker-faced exuberance, you can feel it in every loving, teasing frame of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!,” an inside-showbiz lark that regards the 1950s studio system with the utmost skepticism even as it becomes an expression of movie love at its purest. Starring Josh Brolin as a hard-working industry “fixer” tasked with keeping big-budget productions on track and wayward stars in line, this gorgeously crafted romp through the backlots and Malibu enclaves of Hollywood’s Golden Age tosses off plenty of eccentric comedy and musical razzle-dazzle before taking on richer, more ruminative dimensions, ultimately landing on the funny-sad question of whether life is but a dream factory. Although it boasts enough marquee names and splashy, crowdpleasing angles to deliver good returns for Universal, this is as strange and singular an offering as anything the Coens have ever done, and as such its more thoughtful, »

- Justin Chang

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[Review] Hail, Caesar!

3 February 2016 5:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dozens of films try to copy the Coens every year, and yet no one ever comes close. They have developed such a delicate, fluid witches’ brew of talent behind and in front of the camera, and a writing style that’s consistently funny and melancholy (often at the same time), that it seems impossible to replicate.

Hail, Caesar! is a film that could only ever be made by the Coens. Just as the brothers themselves love to present dialectics about the duality of triviality and seriousness, so, too, does Hail, Caesar! constantly skate back and forth between feeling slight and monumental.

Its plot, like much of their work, is a tangle of transparent, connected convolutions. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s. His day to day is problem-solving, and he’s faced with some sizable ones. The studio is in the middle of making »

- Michael Snydel

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George Clooney’s Dyed-Black Hair in ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Made Him Feel ‘Young and Lively’

2 February 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There was plenty of warmth on the red carpet during a chilly Monday evening for Universal’s world premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” at the Regency Village Theatre.

George Clooney found it refreshing that the Coen Brothers’ movie was set in the 1950s — when movies were still the dominant form of entertainment.

“I liked having really big actual sets instead of CGI (computer-generated imagery),” the 54-year-old noted. “And I liked having my hair dyed black, because it made feel young and lively.”

“Hail, Caesar!” is Clooney’s fourth movie with Joel and Ethan Coen, following “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Burn After Reading.”

“I don’t think any actor turns down a Coen Brothers movie,” Clooney mused. “They like to smack me around in their movies… When they send me a script, I’m usually playing an idiot.”

As if in testament to this, a few minutes, Joel Coen »

- Dave McNary

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George Clooney and Amal Clooney Share a Sweet Moment on the Red Carpet During the Hail, Caesar! Premiere

2 February 2016 5:41 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Love was in bloom at the Hail, Caesar! premiere Monday night. George Clooney brought his wife, Amal Clooney, as his date to the star-studded event at the Regency Theatre in Hollywood. While the actor, 54, looked dapper in head-to-toe black, the fashionable human rights lawyer, 37, modeled a red and white mini dress by Giambattista Valli that was reminiscent of a similar floral number she wore just before her wedding in 2014. The British barrister's latest look was inspired by the fashion label's Spring 2015 couture collection. At one point, the spouses shared a sweet moment on the red carpet, nearly going in for a kiss. George also posed for pictures with his co-stars Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Jonah Hill »

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George and Amal Clooney Are Picture Perfect at Hail, Caesar! Premiere With Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Josh Brolin

1 February 2016 9:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

All hail, the Clooneys! George Clooney and wife Amal looked picture perfect on their date night at the Hail, Caesar! premiere at the Regency Theatre in Hollywood on Monday. At the red carpet event, the actor looked dapper in head-to-toe black while the human rights lawyer was a standout in a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture 6 floral red and white mini dress. The married couple have been very supportive of one another with George most recently praising Amal on her big legal victory. "The president of the Maldives was let out of prison, because of a lot of the hard work that [Amal] was doing, »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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