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'Irrational Man' review: Woody Allen dives deep into familiar territory

'Irrational Man' review: Woody Allen dives deep into familiar territory

Forty-five features into his half-century of moviemaking, the rote obsessions distinguishing Woody Allen's furtive protagonists — luck, fate, chance, getting away with murder — have extended more and more to Allen's own approach to screenwriting. A mixture of the obvious and the indecisive, "Irrational Man" stars Joaquin Phoenix as philosophy professor Abe Lucas, new arrival to fictional Braylin College in Newport, R.I. He's notorious for being a drunk, a womanizer, a provocateur. Emma Stone plays one of his students, Jill Pollard, drawn to Abe's brooding pessimism and self-destruction because it is so, so infernally sexy. Also, Abe would never...

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