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Review: In 'Tár,' Cate Blanchett Is a Maestro At Work

This image released by Focus Features shows Cate Blanchett in a scene from "Tár." (Focus Features via AP)
This image released by Focus Features shows Cate Blanchett in a scene from "Tár." (Focus Features via AP)

(AP) -- “Time is the thing," says Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) in Todd Fields' “Tár.”

Lydia, a world-renown conductor, is explaining her art as more than waving a baton around — not a mere “human metronome” — but rather an almost god-like ability to mold and contort time. The way Blanchett says this, with her arms swirling and shaping the air like clay, makes you believe, yes, she really can stop time.