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Hailee Steinfeld
Toronto Film Review: 'The Keeping Room'

LOS ANGELES ( - A potentially gripping story of empowerment through armed resistance is almost totally undermined by studied, self-conscious storytelling in "The Keeping Room," Working from Julia Hart's 2012 Black List screenplay about three Southern women -- two sisters and their loyal but not entirely subservient slave -- who must defend themselves against two brutish Union Army scouts during the waning days of the Civil War, director Daniel Barber ("Harry Brown") devotes entirely too much time to a languidly paced buildup that is heavy on portentous atmospherics, mumbled dialogue and aggressively striking visuals. The violent payoff arrives much too...