Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

This melodrama transforms the grief of 9/11 into some kind of interborough healing of the cheapest kind. Oskar (Thomas Horn) lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attacks. He finds a key labeled “Black” among his father’s things, which sends him out to contact every person in NYC named Black. A great cast just can’t avoid the too grandiose “aww” moments and too much floating Hanks.

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Smokey Robinson


Smokey Robinson

By Jarret Keene

Always a poet, a punner, a master of metaphors and clever references, the Motown legend took the stage inside a giant Baby Boomer-stuffed ballroom and opened with “Going to a Go-Go.” Second song? “I Second That Emotion.” At 71, he dances like a fool, cracks jokes and tells stories about the salad days—when he used to compose tunes for another act (the Temptations) in his head while driving his own touring band the Miracles cross-country. Robinson told of when he attended a record-company Christmas party so Stevie Wonder could hand him a tape of music, asking Robinson to write lyrics.



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