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"Anna Karenina" is off to a solid start in the Oscar derby. The period romance has received mostly positive notices from critics and bloggers after its premiere in London, especially for its star, Keira Knightley, whom we're currently giving strong odds in the Best Actress race. It would be her second bid; her first came for another famous literary adaptation: "Pride & Prejudice," which was directed by "Karenina" helmer Joe Wright. Wright's reimagining of Tolstoy's novel, as realized in Oscar and Tony winner Tom Stoppard's adaptation, has met with much praise for its ambition and innovation. However some critics express reservations about his approach to telling this story of the title character's chilly marriage to Alexei Karenin (Jude Law) and her affair with Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). Johnson is also widely criticized for his role as Knightley's lover, though some reviewer »


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