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October 27, 2011 12:00 AM

‘Rum Diary’ a valentine to Thompson

The stench of cheap booze, stale cigarettes, newsprint and pre-air conditioning sweat wafts off the screen in “The Rum Diary,” Johnny Depp’s second shot at paying tribute to his friend, the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Though it only rarely reaches the level of gonzo farce that it might have been, “Diary” is still an agreeably drunken stagger through the novel Thompson based on his formative year as a writer -- 1960 -- which he spent drunk, getting into trouble and first tangling with “The Man” in Puerto Rico.

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