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Anna Karenina

In the most recent of their really very serious periodic Sunday-edition dialogues, New York Times film critics A. O. Scott and Manohla Dargis addressed current motion pictures that employ nontraditional narrative methods, movies that, in Dargis’s words, “dispense with either all or part of the mainstream storytelling playbook.” In the course of their ostensible, editorially concocted, and sometimes ponderous “conversation” (which includes perfectly quoted excerpts from other writers’ work), they agree that this is an important, even “thrilling” trend.

Killing Them Softly

Those who like to take the whole family to a movie over the holidays have no lack of fine choices to pick from this year: Life of Pi, certainly, and Lincoln, and the upcoming Les Miserables.

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