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Film Review - Anna Karenina

ANNA KARENINA Keira Knightley

Over the course of his last four features, director Joe Wright has developed a cinematic style that’s been irresistible to study, creating seemingly infinite screen pleasures in efforts such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “The Soloist,” and “Hanna.” Masterminding a unique creative challenge with Leo Tolstoy’s celebrated novel, “Anna Karenina,” Wright imagines another lush world of stunning cinematography, lavish costuming, and impossibly beautiful production design. However, it remains “Anna Karenina,” a tale of jealousy and tragedy that, pointed in wrong direction, generates immense discomfort with unpleasant characters and their superficial concerns. Wright brings out the big guns to press his fingerprint on a classic story, but the material is too leaden to move as spryly as a helmer intends. Read the rest at


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