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Cloud Atlas

Rated R 164 min. 2012

A deliciously baffling sci-fi epic, Cloud Atlas crosscuts between six different stories spanning several centuries. This will be the opt-out point for some audiences, but there's method beneath the madness. In the end, the stories take shape on a storytelling level so old it's almost subliminal. The ensemble cast (led by Tom Hanks and Halle Berry) play recursive versions of the same people, in a way that suggests notions of reincarnation. The movie's themes of love and freedom are painfully earnest, but Cloud Atlas is ultimately so ambitious in technique, so nervy and generous, that it's easy to forgive the flaws. When it comes to epic science fiction and fantasy, I'll take reach over grasp every time.

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Director: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski

Writer: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski

Producer: Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski

Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant

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