THE ER­RATIC AU­TEUR

Cameron Crowe 13 cred­its

The Washington Post Sunday - - MOVIES -

Cameron Crowe might have won us all over with his boombox scene or his “Tiny Dancer” sin­ga­long, but in re­cent years, his tricks have started to feel like just that — cheap moves to tug at our heart­strings. “El­iz­a­beth­town” (2005) was a spe­cial kind of mis­fire that was some­how out­done by this year’s mess of “Aloha.” No­mat­ter, as Crowe is set to di­rect a pi­lot for Show­time, even if it ap­pears to have hit a snag, with the lead re­cently be­ing re­cast.

See also: Jason Reit­man, a film­maker of such ex­tremes that it’s im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict whether he will churn out a gem like “Up in the Air” (2009) or an un­watch­able de­ba­cle in the vein of last year’s “Men, Women & Chil­dren.”

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