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Dickens of a dull movie recalls making of Christmas classic

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Boo Allen, Film critic

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2.5 of 5 stars) Bharat Nalluri directed this colorless, unexceptional, and cliche-filled look at novelist Charles Dickens (an often over-animated Dan Stevens) as he struggles to create A Christmas Carol. Susan Coyne supplies the screenplay from Lee Standiford's eponymous book. Dickens' characters come to life to torment as well as assist him, including Christopher Plummer as Scrooge, Donald Sumpter as Marley, and Jonathan Pryce plays Dickens' irrepressible father. Rated PG, 104 minutes. Opens Nov.22.

FEATURED IMAGE: Dan Stevens in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Photo Courtesy of Bleeker Street.