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'The Finest Hours' review: Casey Affleck, Chris Pine star in suspenseful Coast Guard rescue

'The Finest Hours' review: Casey Affleck, Chris Pine star in suspenseful Coast Guard rescue

It's 2016. We're far enough along on the digital effects timeline to make the call: The waves are looking good! Digitally animated waves are looking better all the time, in fact, even when filmmakers push allegedly realistically scaled waves to heights approaching that enormous wall of water in "Interstellar."

Digital snow, on the other hand, looks stupid. It floats wrong, at any speed. It resembles snow-globe snow, which is not snow falling or pummeling naturally; it's snow swirling unconvincingly in a liquid-filled globe.

Happily — which is a strange word, given the sloshy adversity challenging the U.S. Coast Guard heroes on screen — the new...

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