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A Spirited and Destructive 90 Minutes

Movies: ‘Carnage’
Kate Winslet as the icy Nancy Cowan in “Carnage”

Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” his film adaptation of a popular play by Yasmina Reza — “The God of Carnage” — is like a big fat curve ball: It would be difficult not to hit it out of the park. 

And so he does, thanks in large part to a stellar quartet of lead actors.

Facile comparisons to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” aside, “Carnage” is more an updated inversion of “Lord of the Flies.” In this case, children are essentially absent, except to set the stage, and it is the world of adults that dissolves into primal chaos.

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