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DiCaprio shines but tale of financial ‘goodfellas’ sputters

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in director Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Photographer: Mary Cybulski/Paramount Pictures
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in director Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s most charismatic performance ever anchors Martin Scorsese’s robust and raunchy lowlifes-of-high-finance comedy “The Wolf of Wall Street.” This is their greatest teaming, a veritable “Citizen Kane” of the post-“greed is good” era — three hours of cocaine and orgies and high-living by the sorts of gauche gamblers who brought that age, and the world economy, to its knees. It is Scorsese’s “La Dolce Vita,” a manic, coke-fueled stock market “Goodfellas” following the rise ...

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