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Hannibal Rising

In the finest tradition of TV newsmagazines, Hannibal Lecter's penchant for serial murder turns out to be the result of a traumatic childhood—specifically, a rather harsh spell in the waning days of World War II when his Lithuanian parents were killed and starving Russian soldiers ate his little sister. Eight years later, the grown Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) sets out to avenge himself on the culprits, leading to the usual cat and mouse and homicidal gourmet lessons. Ulliel, the meek missing soldier in A Very Long Engagement, makes such a tedious Lecter that this quickly becomes a chore, though Dominic West (The Wire) is good as a French detective on the madman's trail. Peter Webber directed; with Rhys Infans and Gong Li. R, 117 min.

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