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Richard Linklater

'Last Flag Flying' review: Carell, Cranston and Fishburne don't march in tune

'Last Flag Flying' review: Carell, Cranston and Fishburne don't march in tune

In this era of rampant sequelizing, has any filmmaker more playfully inverted the standard more-of-the-same monotony than Richard Linklater?

His Oscar-nominated "Boyhood" was, if nothing else, a compendium of life's chapters, filmed — and lived — year after year. His "Before" trilogy reteamed Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, every nine years, for strolling encounters that compressed and marveled at the passage of time. His last film, "Everybody Wants Some!!" was billed as a "spiritual sequel" to Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" — a college movie to bookend a high school one.

In Linklater Land, nothing is ever...

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