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Jeff Bridges' "Crazy Heart"

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There's a lot to like about "Crazy Heart," starting with Jeff Bridges' Oscar-bait performance as a down-on-his-luck country singer (and continuing with some choice contributions from one Ryan Bingham). Ultimately, however, "Crazy Heart" just isn't quite as good as it feels like it should be -- though it's still well worth seeing, don't get me wrong. For lots more from the mixed-feelings department, see the review in Friday's paper.

ADDENDUM: Controversy over the soundtrack.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.