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'The Keeping Room' review: Brit Marling, Sam Worthington star in tense Civil War drama

'The Keeping Room' review: Brit Marling, Sam Worthington star in tense Civil War drama

A potentially gripping story of empowerment through armed resistance is almost totally undermined by studied, self-conscious storytelling in "The Keeping Room," a handsomely mounted but frustratingly mannered period drama that, in addition to its many other problems, ends just when things appear to be getting really interesting.

Working from Julia Hart's 2012 Black List screenplay about three Southern women — two sisters and their loyal but not entirely subservient slave — who must defend themselves against two brutish Union Army scouts during the waning days of the Civil War, director Daniel Barber ("Harry Brown") devotes entirely too much time to...

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