08/01/2011 02:49 pm ET | Updated Oct 01, 2011

Encore’s Lavish New ‘Moby Dick’: There Whale Be Blood

High school English teachers, your attention please! I have wonderful and terrible news.

Encore, that glorious waster of weekend afternoons on cable’s desolate seas, has finally decided to show something besides an endless loop of “Dumb and Dumber.” For its first offering, it’s bringing out “Moby Dick,” a lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville’s 1851 classic.

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