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Joel and Ethan Coen don’t usually allow their scripts to be manhandled by others, making “Suburbicon,” which they wrote in the 1980s, a rare event. Of course, with George Clooney directing the picture, they might as well be credited as helmers. A longtime associate of the Coens and a man with tremendous awareness of their specialized sense of humor and horror, Clooney (who teamed with the siblings for “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Burn After Reading,” “Hail, Caesar,” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) is an ideal choice to guide “Suburbicon” through its labyrinth of tonal changes, mysterious characters, and hidden motivations. The Coens (along with Clooney and Grant Heslov) have attacked the poisoned suburbia story with attention to criminal endeavors and trust issues, while Clooney fights to find stable ground, unsure if he wants to play some of this jokingly or all of it sinisterly. There are no hospital corners here, but Clooney finds ways to keep the material rolling along, even when humor and suspense take a periodic break. Read the rest at


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