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Review: 'Hitchcock' is shallow but playful at times

From left, Anthony Hopkins stars as Alfred Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy is Anthony Perkins in “Hitchcock.”
From left, Anthony Hopkins stars as Alfred Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy is Anthony Perkins in “Hitchcock.”
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The man who made “Psycho” was no lightweight, though he kind of comes off that way in “Hitchcock.” Starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife and collaborator, Alma, “Hitchcock” puts a feather-light yet entertaining touch on the behind-the-scenes struggle to make the mother of all slasher films. Hitchcock’s very dark side gets superficial treatment as the film offers the cinematic equivalent of psychobabble to explore the director’s notorious gluttony, sexual ...


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