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Keira Knightley stars in the latest film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.


Movies like “Anna Karenina” are what people mean when they talk about Hollywood magic. Director Joe Wright has taken the much-told tale of the late 19th-century Russian heroine and cast a cinematic spell to make his film version as compelling as it is creative.


Wright elevates the movie beyond the typical trappings of the genre by the way he staged the production. He’s created a theater space where the action weaves on and off the stage. It’s as if he’s found the previously unknown art form created by the union of a movie, stage production and ballet.


It’s not only one of the best and most beautifully staged movies of the past year, it easily belongs in that category for any movies released since the start of the 21st century.



An agent poses as a filmmaker to save six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis in this Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture. Ben Affleck stars in and directs the film.


The plot sounds like a rejected plot line for “Mission: Impossible.” If the film weren’t based on a real story, the audacity and absurdity of what transpires would be almost too ridiculous even in a fictional story. But this fact-based story ends up as compelling and as exciting as any adventure James Bond ever had.


Affleck has shown again with his solid direction of “Argo” that he’s not just another actor who wants to sit in the director’s chair. His latest work is a brilliant blend of a first-rate story delivered with skill and attention to detail. He always gets the most out of his actors, story and visuals.



Home movies spark a nightmare experience for a family.


There are three ways to generate scares in a horror film: smart writing, a creepy filming style or an interesting creature. The better these elements, the better the film. “Sinister” fails on all three counts.


The closest thing to a scare is when director Scott Derrickson has the creature jump into a scene accompanied by a loud sound. Yes, it startles. But being startled and being scared are not the same.






Superb cable series starring Peter Dinklage.



The film about hot-shot pilots is available in 3D. Tom Cruise stars.



Takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war.



A teen tries to find her missing little brother at a Halloween party.



Twisted thriller starring John Cusack.



A revolutionary motor could be the solution to economic problems.


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