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Review: Musical drama 'Grace Unplugged' stays in tune

Review: Musical drama 'Grace Unplugged' stays in tune

Although doggedly held back from reviewers before opening, the Christian-oriented musical drama “Grace Unplugged” proves a far more involving, accessible and enjoyable movie than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy suggested.  The key to its success: a smartly measured script by director Brad J. Silverman that feels like it was created on an actual screenwriting instrument and not, as can be the case with faith-based films, with a sledgehammer and bunch of stone tablets.  The gentle, largely convincing story finds 18-year-old Grace Trey (an engaging AJ Michalka) leaving her Birmingham, Ala., hometown for Los Angeles after her father Johnny Trey (James Denton), a...