Anna Karenina latches onto the idea of life played
out on a constantly shifting Old World stage — jazzed up with a sensual
restlessness and humor to equate 19th century society and the theater as
realm both subject to rules of order that cannot be circumvented.
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez’s best-seller about how he befriended and tried to help a talented but mentally ill homeless man who loves to play classical music on the streets isn't an easy book to film. But the film, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, surprisingly gets a fair portion of it right. Grade: B.