#2: Anna Karenina
How do you refresh an old classic to bring it on screen yet again? Throw out the playbook and give yourself over to the high style, repressed emotions and minuscule complexities of the world from Leo Tolstoy's massive book. Joe Wright gives Keira Knightley the role of a lifetime as the doomed Anna, and surrounds her with the most exquisite sets imaginable, plus a supporting cast-- including Jude Law doing career-best work-- completely in synch with the film's elaborate style. The emotions of forbidden love and despair may be overly familiar, but Wright makes them dazzlingly new.

Best Moment: The opening ballet sets up the old theater where the entire film will take place, and the characters whirl past each other as the sets miraculously change to keep up.

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