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Anomalisa

Writer Charlie Kaufman's filmic output vacillates wildly between sublimely artistic and inscrutably weird. Fee free to place films like Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation., Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York in whichever category you prefer. His newest, which he also co-directed, is certainly one of his oddest: A glum existential drama about a low-rent motivational speaker (David Thewlis) stuck in a hotel in Cincinnati shot entirely in stop-motion animation. The bizarro twist is that, other than our protagonist, everyone else in the world looks and sounds exactly the same--at least until our middle-aged nobody meets the world's most ordinary anomaly (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The film is sorta like Lost in Translation remade by Gerry Anderson ("Thunderbirds"). Some will find it brilliant. Most will find it slow going. 90 minutes R.