If you were to compile a short list of great American screen actors, Sean Penn would be at or near the top. In his 16-year career, he’s played a wider variety of characters (surfer dudes, paranoid spies, coke-sniffing lawyers, homicidal soldiers, condemned criminals) than anyone. And he’s played them better. Penn alone makes Nick Cassavetes’ “She’s So Lovely,” that joyful bit of cinematic nihilism, fun to watch. , DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Photo
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