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'The Artist' -- 3 1/2 stars

PG-13; 1:40 running time "The Artist" exists also to be loved. Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius (pronounced Ha-zahn-a-vish-us) has made a beguiling jape that takes this fictional character, an amalgam of Douglas Fairbanks Sr., John Gilbert and Gene Kelly's Don Lockwood from "Singin' in the Rain," and presents him with every obstacle he can muster. The fickleness of the public's changing taste; unemployment; a broken heart pushing him to the brink of tragedy. And then, after we've been through the wringer, a tap duet and out. -- Michael PhillipsRead the full "The Artist" movie review
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