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Twenty years later, Danny Boyle and the 'Trainspotting' gang stir up reunion feelings

Twenty years later, Danny Boyle and the 'Trainspotting' gang stir up reunion feelings

The past is a funny place. It’s the only spot all of us have been but can never return.

Unless you’re Danny Boyle and the cast of “Trainspotting.”

Then you can go back.

Well, at least just enough to realize how far away it is.

The sequel “T2 Trainspotting” arrives in theaters this weekend, and with it so does a glut of memories from Boyle’s original. The 1996 film about addicts in Edinburgh painted a contradictory picture, of desperation and glamour, comedy and sadness, all with the adrenalized edits and buzzy style Boyle would become known for.

As he and screenwriter John Hodge return to the characters, they stir nostalgic thoughts — not least because the...

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