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'The Last Five Years' feels a bit stage-bound
'The Last Five Years' feels a bit stage-bound

"The Last Five Years," starring Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan and their powerful pipes, plays like a Broadway musical, because basically it is a musical. A very distinctive Jason Robert Brown musical, albeit the run was off-Broadway. With clever lyrics, contemporary music, and a playful relationship at its center, drama is ever present in this look at romance, ambition and fame. The film, directed and adapted by Richard LaGravenese, stays so close to a stage sensibility, though, it's hard not to wonder why go through all the trouble and expense if the transition between mediums is going to be so minimal. "The Last Five Years" is not unpleasant to watch — the...

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