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A Gorgeous Period Piece With Humor — and Streep

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

Stephen Frears is a canny director. Now 75, he understands the formula for attracting an older audience, an apparently lucrative demographic group: Choose an adult subject, sign a star — preferably female — and support her with a strong cast, give your film a beautifully realized sense of time and place on a reasonably modest budget and do not stint on emotion. 

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