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Review: 'End of the World' has its moments

June 20, 2012 • Entertainment


This film image released by Focus Features shows Keira Knightley as Penny, left, and Steve Carell as Dodge in a scene from “Seeking A Friend for the End of the World.” (AP Photo/Focus Features, Darren Michaels)

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, together as a couple who’ve fallen suddenly and madly in love? Surely the apocalypse is nigh.

It’s coming in three weeks, to be exact, in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” the feature directing debut from screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (“Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”).

An asteroid 70 miles wide is hurtling toward Earth, ensuring destruction and doom for the entire planet. Scafaria explores how people behave when the rules of polite society are stripped away, a premise that isn’t exactly novel — the world ended just last year, much more artfully, in Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” — but one that’s brimming Login to read more

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