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Screen shots: Madison cinema for January 22-29, 2015

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 The wee bear gets the movie he deserves in Paddington

Bears and marmalade have gone together like Pooh and honey ever since 1958, when U.K. author Michael Bond and illustrator Peggy Fortnum published their children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Featuring the misadventures of a young bear from "darkest Peru" who finds himself living in London through no fault of his own, the Paddington books are the rarest of VYA (Very Young Adult) touchstones, the children's classic. >More
 Bradley Cooper is a revelation in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper

Clint Eastwood's second film of 2014 (Jersey Boys was released in June) is also his best film since at least 2008's Gran Torino. With it, the filmmaker revisits his long preoccupation with guns and their capabilities, although the recoil of American Sniper doesn't have the same moral reverb of Eastwood's finest work. Still, the action sequences are packed with zealous clarity and tense dynamism. >More
 UW's Cinematheque honors Kenosha-born auteur Orson Welles

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. The Kenosha-born filmmaker and actor (who lived in Madison when he was 10) is revered for his groundbreaking work in theater, radio and film. UW's Cinematheque will celebrate his career all year, kicking off with a six-week run of films at 4070 Vilas Hall emphasizing his career as the "complete auteur." >More
 Screen shots: Madison cinema for January 15-22, 2015

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 Joaquin Phoenix displays a talent for physical comedy in Inherent Vice

There are those who will observe -- and have observed already -- that Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice is weird, rambling, fragmented, occasionally over the top and not at all concerned with pulling together the threads of its sprawling detective narrative. And I nod in agreement, and shrug, because those are features, baby, not bugs. >More
 Selma portrays a determined yet flawed Martin Luther King Jr.

Selma could have been just an inspirational drama about a pivotal historical moment, and it could have been just a hagiographic portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts at promoting African American civil rights. But director Ava DuVernay and her team are interested in doing something much less common, something that echoes the similar success of 2012's Lincoln. >More
 Fast forward: Movie theaters adapt to digital technology

Like so much of the rest of our lives, movies have been digitized. In most instances, going to see a "film" now means going to see a collection of ones and zeroes projected from a server, rather than a 35mm film print. >More
 Benedict Cumberbatch excels in The Imitation Game, despite underwritten part

Is The Imitation Game gay enough? That's not a flippant question; I fretted about it both times I watched the movie. Its subject, Alan Turing, was a pioneering figure in computer science who led the covert group at Bletchley Park that broke the Nazi Enigma code; many credit those cryptologists with winning the war. >More
 Foxcatcher fails to provide insight into decades-old tabloid fodder

A palpable sense of doom hangs over the chilling Foxcatcher, like a vulture resembling the beak-nosed billionaire John E. du Pont (a prosthetic-enhanced Steve Carell), who is at the story's twisted center. >More
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