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Movie Review: ‘Not Fade Away’

Published: January 6, 2013
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Closely resembling other and much better films about rock bands and the abrupt cultural shifts of the 1960s, David Chase’s “Not Fade Away” conveys the excitement and electric energy of discovering life-changing music, but then extinguishes its own fire by centering on stock characters and an arbitrary, even confounding, storytelling perspective. Unlike its Buddy Holly-derived title, “Not Fade Away” drifts and ultimately disappears. The occupied American teenage citizens of the 1960s deserve a better chronicle of their life under British Invasion rule.

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