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Masked and Anonymous Review

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A rock-poet headlines a benefit gig but comes up against a crooked promoter.

★★★★

In a bleak, near-future America, rock poet Jack Fate (Bob Dylan) headlines a benefit concert organised by crooked promoter John Goodman and calculating TV producer Jessica Lange.

Dylan wanders through scenes like a monosyllabic scarecrow, while an extraordinary ensemble, helplessly drawn to his flame, can't bring any sense to a socio-political parable so inept it's beyond redemption.

Jeff Bridges and Goodman give imposing performances, but only scenes of Dylan on stage convey his fabled charisma.

Only the scenes of Dylan on stage really hold the attention.

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