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'Prisoners': Does weekend box-office winner show a new hybrid way?

“Prisoners” is either the most exceptional piece of conventional filmmaking in Hollywood or the most conventional piece of exceptional filmmaking.
If that spins your head faster than a Geno Smith scramble, it should.

The movie, which won the box-office crown with a solid $21.4 million this weekend, is, after all, a head-spinning hybrid, combining elements that are rarely combined.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, the film centers on the father of a kidnapped girl who, when the police...