Anna Karenia: When 'Anna Karenina' – starring Keira Knightley – gets a theatrical turn, curtains and catwalks make it a little arch.
'Lincoln' could be more daring but shines a light on the backroom shenanigans that went into abolishing slavery.
Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' is still the most famous of his books, and the story of the deadly vampire came to the screen with these five adaptations.
'Skyfall' features powerful performances by Daniel Craig and actress Judi Dench.
'Quartet' follows a group of musicians that's disrupted by the health problems of one of their members.
Sean Penn stars as a burned-out former rock star in 'This Must Be the Place.'
Some elements don't quite coalesce, but 'Flight' is a pretty good nail-biter.
The documentary about violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who saved Jewish musicians during the Holocaust by recruiting them for his orchestra, has too many reenactments but some great footage of conductor Arturo Toscanini.
Several Bible-based projects, including 'Noah' starring Russell Crowe and two separate treatments of the story of Moses, are due in theaters over the next few years.
Israeli documentarian Arnon Goldfinger discovers his family's World War II past in the documentary.
'The Loneliest Planet' starts off slow, then hits the audience with a shock when the two travelers are attacked.
'Cloud Atlas' features a large cast, and it's fun to spot who's who. But the mash-up plot of 'Cloud Atlas' is largely exasperating.
'Brooklyn Castle' has the right moves.
John Hawkes and Helen Hunt deliver remarkable performances in 'The Sessions.'
This complex father-son confessional movie cuts across eras. Harvard film professor Ross McElwee adds another wonderful personal memoir, a film that is both forward-looking and elegiac.
'Smashed' has some powerful moments but is mostly superficial.
'Argo' stars Alan Arkin and John Goodman give especially strong performances in the strange-but-true story.
'Sister' looks inside the gumption and desperation of a 12-year old thief and his sister.
The analysis in Eugene Jarecki's documentary on the domestic war on drugs is too simplistic.
'Taken 2' is improbable but enjoyable as Neeson and his family are threatened again by thugs.
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