'Mr. Turner' is unblinking portrait of British artist J.M.W. Turner

December 19, 2014 1:06 PM

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J.M.W. Turner, arguably the greatest of British painters, was an uncommonly difficult man, and "Mr. Turner," the exceptional film Mike Leigh has made about him, does not do things the easy way either.

But just as Turner's expressive, enthralling work changed the nature of painting, "Mr. Turner," anchored in the rock of Timothy Spall's astonishing, Cannes prize-winning performance, pushes hard against the strictures of conventional narrative and ends up pulling us into its world and capturing us c...

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