‘Hail, Caesar!’ is a goofy mash note to the studio system (Our grade: B-)

In this image released by Universal Pictures, George Clooney portrays Baird Whitlock in "Hail, Caesar!." (Universal Pictures via AP)

In this image released by Universal Pictures, George Clooney portrays Baird Whitlock in “Hail, Caesar!.” (Universal Pictures via AP)

God bless the Coen brothers for the lack of interest in making the same movie twice in a row — even when it doesn’t work out.

Sure, like any auteurs, they have visual and structural tics they lean on. But there is a better-than-even chance that if their last one was a painterly drama (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” easily one of the best films of 2013), the next one is going to be a broad comedy.

“Hail, Caesar!” is one of the latter, an intermittently effective mash note to Hollywood’s post-war golden age when studios held all the cards, producers manipulated gossip columnists and actors could actually, you know, do something entertaining besides say lines.

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