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Rated PG-13 · 131 minutes · 2007
It's difficult to believe that director Julie Taymor shares no immediate genetic link with Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), but apparently their mutual flair for treating the big screen like an impressionist (or even surrealist) painter's canvas, is nothing more than coincidental evolution between two artists. In Across the Universe, Taymor proves she's almost as good at it, too. Inspired by the Beatles' music and featuring a slew of covers by folks like Bono, the pop-musical trails two teenagers, appropriately named Lucy and Jude, who fall in love during the tumultuous '60s. It's too bad that's it, since, with so much sincerity put into the beautiful production, it becomes quickly frustrating that there's not more substance to it all.
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/acrosstheuniverse/index.html
Director: Julie Taymor
Writer: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Julie Taymor
Producer: Matthew Gross, Jennifer Todd and Suzanne Todd
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio, Evan Rachel Wood, Linda Emond, Eddie Izzard, Faryl Millet and James Urbaniak

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