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'Danny Collins' finds Al Pacino in soul-searching artist mode
'Danny Collins' finds Al Pacino in soul-searching artist mode

"Kind of based on a true story a little bit." As on-screen titles playfully claim, the eager-to-please directing debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman was sparked by an intriguing news item: A letter from John Lennon reached a fledgling folk singer decades after the former Beatle wrote it. A similar event befalls the title character in "Danny Collins," and Lennon's words encouraging him to stay true to himself shake him to the core. Kind of, a little bit. Ostensibly exploring a monumental what-if in a musician's life — a late-career reckoning that aims to make up for lost time — the movie is itself a missed opportunity, especially given that it...

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