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    Silver Screen Texting: More Zzz Than LOL

    Sometimes words get in the way. Even in the chat age, Hollywood gets tongue-tied trying to impart messages of the textual variety. Spoken dialogue can be riveting, but letters on a screen? Not so much. Translating words from a handheld screen to a cinematic one is often jarring and even trite, but lately, there’s been a wave of creative solutions — from expressive beeps and voice-overs to body language — that filmmakers hope will convey the gist fast enough to keep us from checking our phones.

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