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Manic notion is fascinating mongrel in ‘Seven Psychopaths’

Woody Harrelson plays a mobster in love with his dog in “Seven Psychopaths.” (Blueprint Pictures)
Woody Harrelson plays a mobster in love with his dog in “Seven Psychopaths.” (Blueprint Pictures)
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In his second movie, the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has mangled together a comic, self-aware revenge flick that’s half Guy Ritchie, half Charlie Kaufman. If that sounds like an awkward pairing, it is. “Seven Psychopaths” is manic and messy (particularly in the first half) and McDonagh — whose previous film was the more centered “In Bruges” — doesn’t yet have the visual command for a sprawling, madcap tale as this. But it’s also filled with ...


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