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Based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell linking six interconnected stories, this all-star adaptation is already generating Oscar buzz. It's courting controversy for having white characters in “yellowface,” with cosmetically-created Asian features, as well as other racial and gender-bending roles. Heavy-lifting here for some viewers, but teens and parentsshould find plenty to talk about in both the book and the intense, layered, three-hour film.
To buy the book: Cloud Atlas, $13