Article posted: 8/1/2013 6:00 AM

Bad things happen to characters we love to hate in 'Blue Jasmine'

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Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) shares a moment with her rich con-artist husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) shortly before her privileged world implodes in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) fights an invisible force of suspicion and hatred as an innocent man marked by false charges in "The Hunt."

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Dann reviews two movies: Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," starring the splendid Cate Blanchett as a fallen financial goddess who, like Tennessee Williams' self-deluded Blanche DuBois, seems to be incapable of acknowledging the reality of her existence; plus "The Hunt," a superb Danish drama about an innocent man accused of sexual misconduct with children. Dann also provides some film notes.
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    • Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) shares a moment with her rich con-artist husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) shortly before her privileged world implodes in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
    • Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) fights an invisible force of suspicion and hatred as an innocent man marked by false charges in "The Hunt."
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