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Yesterday Is Frustrating and Forgettable

Danny Boyle’s speculative film about a world without the Beatles has flashes of charm, but suffers from a forced, uneven script.
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It’s hard to understand exactly why Richard Curtis, Britain’s prime purveyor of romantic comedies for the past three decades, decided to pivot to speculative science fiction. His talents have long resided in winsome, low-concept narratives of love, sex, and marriage, the quainter the better. He made a name for himself writing movies about (and a funeral), , and . Curtis’s latest script, , has the mumbly English flirting he’s best known for; it’s also about a

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