ANNA KARENINA
2012, Focus Features, 130 min, UK, Dir: Joe Wright

The latest collaboration between director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley is this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s acclaimed novel about love and infidelity in 19th-century Russia. Knightley shines in the title role as the wife of a government official (Jude Law) who is drawn to the aristocratic Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But as Anna and her paramour pursue an illicit affair, their love may be unable to surmount the treacherous terrain of high society. Tom Stoppard’s nuanced screenplay and Wright’s visionary staging (featuring truly spectacular costume and production design) breathe new life into this classic. With Kelly Macdonald and Emily Watson.


THE MERRY GENTLEMAN
2008, 110 min, USA, Dir: Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton directs and stars in this tale of a tormented hit man who finds a kindred spirit when he encounters an abused wife (Kelly Macdonald) hiding out from her cop husband (Bobby Cannavale). Roger Ebert called Keaton's directorial debut "original, absorbing, and curiously moving in ways that are far from expected."


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