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New releases: 'Cloud Atlas' can amaze and befuddle

New releases: 'Cloud Atlas' can amaze and befuddle

'Cloud Atlas'

Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99

Available on VOD beginning Tuesday

Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer do something daring with their adaptation of David Mitchell's bestseller "Cloud Atlas" — the same core cast of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon (among others) appears in multiple stories of romance and defiance, spanning from the 19th century to the distant future, all cut together into what amounts to a nearly three-hour montage. The movie's theme of rebirth is tritely New Age-y, and having the actors take on different roles proves to be a gross miscalculation — in part...

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