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‘Anonymous’ twists history

Fri., Feb. 10, 2012

“Anonymous”: An airless, bilious, endless pageant of pseudohistory, arguing that it was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans), who wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare, his object being to rouse the rabble to support his illegitimate son to succeed Queen Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave) to the throne. (2:10, PG-13 for some violence and sexual content) • •

“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”: (To be released Saturday) Swoony to the point of delirium, the one where the Virgin (Kristen Stewart) marries the Vampire (Robert Pattinson) implicitly links sex and death with undying love. Well directed by Bill Condon. (1:40, PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements) • • •

Also released this week: “Fireflies in the Garden”; “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas”; “Strand.”


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