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With Lily Tomlin leading the way, 'Grandma' grows into a meaningful journey

With Lily Tomlin leading the way, 'Grandma' grows into a meaningful journey

As fearless, cantankerous poet Elle Reid, Lily Tomlin explains to her teenage granddaughter Sage (the luminous Julia Garner) why she sliced up her credit cards and turned the pieces into wind chimes: "I'm transmogrifying my life into art," Elle quips, airily. Tomlin's casualness makes the moment classic. She has a genius for embodying tough individuals incisively, without fuss or sentimentality. ------------ For the record, 2:15 p.m. Aug. 21, 2015: An earlier version of this post misstated actress Judy Greer's first name as Julie. ------------ The chance to see Tomlin in a starring role is the prime attraction of "Grandma," a dizzyingly...

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