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Movie review: 'Book Thief' steals hearts with sentimentality

1:30 PM, Nov. 27, 2013
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The inevitable big-screen adaptation of "The Book Thief" had two things working against it right out of the gate.

One, that it's based on the beloved best-selling book by Markus Zusak. It's a lengthy and beautifully written novel with a unique narrative voice - it's written in the first-person from the perspective of Death - and any film version was inevitably going to have to have to cut corners to achieve an audience-friendly running time.

Two, that it's a coming-of-age story set in Nazi Germany, a topic and setting that lend themselves to well-intentioned treacly reverence onscreen. ...

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