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Date published: 1/10/2013

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(LAST SHOW TONIGHT) You can say this film is evocative of an era.

You can call it musically alive.

You can even say it has coming-of-age moments that are captivating.

But what you can't call this first film after "The Sopranos" for director David Chase is a complete movie.

At best, it's slices of life, a look back at the music, the shifting philosophies and the times in 1960s New Jersey.

It works best in the film's beginning as young Douglas (a so-so John Magaro) decides the way to be cool in high school and life is getting into a band.

It's roughly based on Chase's own experiences, which doesn't really explain why the story's threads so loosely move through the years.

Only to dump the viewer at an ending that's every bit as unsatisfying as was the final scene of "The Sopranos."

Rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content. 117 min. [PV]


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