LOVE & MERCY

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Beach Boy Brian Wil­son is a bro­ken man in his bi­o­graph­i­cal film. Por­trayed by two ac­tors, Paul Dano (’60s Brian) and John Cu­sack (’80s Brian), Wil­son is psy­cho­log­i­cally shat­tered de­spite his pop­u­lar­ity, wealth, and ac­com­plish­ments. In the two main pe­ri­ods cov­ered by this movie, Wil­son is seen as the vic­tim of loath­some bul­lies: his fa­ther, who beats him; his cousin and band­mate, who fights him at ev­ery turn over his new mu­si­cal di­rec­tion; and — worst of all — Dr. Eu­gene Landy (Paul Gia­matti), the psy­chother­a­pist who over­med­i­cates him, con­trols his life, and rips him off fi­nan­cially. Luck­ily there’s the an­gelic Melinda (El­iz­a­beth Banks) who fights to pro­tect him. It’s a must-see for Wil­son fans. Rated PG-13. 120 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Steve Ter­rell)

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