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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012

‘Twilight,’ ‘Anna Karenina’ and more new movies

Keira Knightley stars as Anna Karenina in director Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new vision of the epic Tolstoy work. (Laurie Sparham)
In this week’s new movies, “Anna Karenina” gets a four-star rating for what critic Ann Hornaday calls an “ingenious, intoxicating adaptation.” Then, on the other hand, there’s the “Twilight” finale, which didn’t fare quite as well. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

Anna Karenina” (R) “[Joe] Wright’s ‘Anna Karenina’ sings, dances and finally soars, even as its legendary heroine plunges to her most self-destructive depths.” — Ann Hornaday

Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” (PG-13) “For those with no vested interest in this protracted and supernatural soap opera, but who do care about cinema, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2’ will be, unsurprisingly, a silly and somewhat cheesily made waste of time.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Silver Linings Playbook” (R) “Perhaps most important, Russell doesn’t shy from the absurd humor mental illness can sometimes entail; nor does he make it look cute. Rather, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ invites viewers to consider whether we all don’t exist on some kind of spectrum, where the difference between a quirk and a symptom can be notional at best.” — Ann Hornaday

A Royal Affair” (R) “. . . This absorbing drama epitomizes what it takes to make history come alive on screen, creating the sense of an immediate, firsthand atmosphere while never getting bogged down in fussy detail for its own sake.” — Ann Hornaday

Chasing Ice” (Unrated) “The visuals are riveting, and they drive home the point that the film makes in voice-over narration by Balog, interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and occasional charts and graphs: Ice is melting at an alarmingly un-glacial pace.” — Michael O’Sullivan

Starlet” (Unrated) “There’s a beautiful thing growing inside of ‘Starlet,’ but you may have to hold your nose to appreciate it.” — Michael O’Sullivan

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