Director Joe Wright (of Atonement (2007), Pride & Prejudice (2005) fame) teams up with muse Keira Knightley for the third time in Anna Karenina (2012), an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s esteemed 19th century novel. Slated for release in the fall (right when the awards season begins to heat up), Wright’s latest offering looks set for Oscar contention.
Penned by award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (1998’s Shakespeare in Love), Knightley plays the titular character, an aristocrat who maintains a loveless marriage to a much older government official Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), abiding by the Russian high-societal norms of the time. When she encounters the more suitably-aged bachelor Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson), she begins to question her happiness, and in doing so change comes to her family, friends, and community.
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Since his birth in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been re-imagined several times in various forms of media. In recent times, the eccentric detective has been portrayed brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC’s hit TV series Sherlock. However, the definitive version of this generation may perhaps be Robert Downey Jr’s personification of the titular character in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes. That film ended tantalisingly too, with the introduction of Holmes’ greatest foe seemingly imminent. Director Guy Ritchie has teamed up with Downey once again for the follow up, A Game of Shadows. Does Holmes 2.0 improve on the ’09 hit?
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