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GRAND PIANO

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 5:00 am

A nerdy young concert pianist plays his comeback performance while fending off malefactors who promise to kill him and his movie-star girlfriend unless he renders a flawless interpretation of four reputedly unplayable measures that will engage a mechanism that will release a key that will unlock a safe in an overseas bank vault. Director Eugenio Mira’s principal blunder is his failure to decide whether this is a suspense thriller or a camp comedy. Should you attend, you can help him out by imagining the pianist as played not by bewildered Elijah Wood but instead by Pee-wee Herman, which is actually not hard to visualize and, in one fell swoop, could make the experience perversely enjoyable. Rated R. 90 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe. 

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