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Movie review: Playing a delicate game of Chinese family charades in 'The Farewell'

"The Farewell" sustains a mood, tone and strategy of clean lines, orderly framing and emotional containment. But that doesn't mean writer-director Lulu Wang's second feature lacks what you might call the movie stuff: the stuff of laughs, tears and, even if your family is a different sort of family entirely, the power of narrative persuasion.

While Wang may stint occasionally on the sort of character detail separating a very good film from a great one, "The Farewell" takes you to a

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