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Review: 'Get On Up'

Three stars

Trying as hard as possible can be the most valuable asset an artist possesses or it can be a liability. For James Brown, known as the "hardest working man in show business" to his nearly ubiquitous adherents, maximum effort clearly yielded the greatest rewards. Brown held almost impossibly high expectations for himself and for his musicians; he even went as far as to fine band members for playing off beat, refusing to follow his directions or committing other infractions. As a result, he crafted an innovative, vibrant funk groove that transcends its era.

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