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Cameron Crowe's 'Aloha' has its charms despite some of its baggage
Cameron Crowe's 'Aloha' has its charms despite some of its baggage

It's difficult to engage with writer-director Cameron Crowe's new film, "Aloha," without also acknowledging the bummer buzz that has preceded it. The release date was delayed, the film was the subject of some inter-office trash-talking in the hacked Sony emails and more recently was attacked for its depiction (or lack thereof) of native Hawaiians and even the cultural sensitivity of its very title. Hoping to bolster his beleaguered romantic dramedy, Crowe made the unusual move of personally introducing the film's lone screening for critics this week in L.A. Now perceived as struggling and damaged, "Aloha" deserves better than all that. Even with its...

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