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On screen: ‘Yesterday’ imagines a world without The Beatles

British director Danny Boyle has made a career out of groundbreaking faire. His feature-length directorial debut came with 1994’s riveting mystery “Shallow Grave” (which also introduced the world to actors Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston). Boyle quickly followed with a slew of masterful offerings, from “Trainspotting” (1996) and “28 Days Later…” (2002) to the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) and harrowing survival story “127 Hours” (2010) starring Palo Alto native James Franco.

Boyle’s latest breath of fresh air is “Yesterday,” a comedic fantasy that has already garnered excellent reviews.

“Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) was just another struggling songwriter … but that was yesterday,” the official synopsis reads. “After a mysterious blackout, Jack discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all.”

“Yesterday” also features Saturday Night Live standout Kate McKinnon and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The film is currently playing at the Century 20 theater in downtown Redwood City and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 24.

On screen: ‘Yesterday’ imagines a world without The Beatles

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