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On Screen This Weekend: Dueling Storybook Heroines

On Screen This Weekend: Dueling Storybook Heroines

You might think this weekend’s opening of Jane Eyre and Red Riding Hood would bring us heroines straight from the pages of Charlotte Bronte and the Brothers Grimm, but you’d only be half right.

Mia Wasikowska (above) is a true Bronte heroine and Michael Fassbender an outsized romantic hero in Cary Fukunaga’s beautiful new version of Jane Eyre, a film that deeply understands and conveys the passion that makes the novel so enduring. It’s my highest recommendation for the weekend. If you missed my review, you can find it here.

But don’t be lured by the pretty red cloak and wolfish plot of Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood. She doesn’t reinvent the classic fairy tale; she turns it into a tedious echo of Twilight. Here’s my review. Want a second, third, etc. opinion? Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a dismal rotten splat.

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