'Mr. Turner' paints a rich portrait

December 25, 2014 8:06 AM

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There's a painstaking perfectionism in the stunning landscapes of England's J.M.W. Turner, and in "Mr. Turner," England's greatest filmmaker in the field of grumpy eccentrics, Mike Leigh, gives us a portrait of the artist as a misanthropic genius.

Turner respected clouds, landscape, golden sunlight, distant buildings, the sea and sailing ships, everything but society. He's hailed as one of the greatest masters of Romantic painting, but good luck finding starry-eyed love in his watercolors. For Joseph Mallord William Turner, people were rather...

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