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A volatile sleuth and a chilly FBI agent find common ground in The Heat

Director Paul Feig was savvy to reenlist breakout star Melissa McCarthy for his follow-up to the 2011 smash Bridesmaids. She's the best thing in The Heat, an amiable but routine action-comedy about a mismatched law enforcement pair trying to bring down a Boston drug lord. >More
 A Secret Service wannabe must save the president in White House Down

Roland Emmerich sure has an edifice complex: The filmmaker who severed the Statue of Liberty in The Day After Tomorrow, pulverized Manhattan in Godzilla and dive-bombed the White House in Independence Day is back for another shot at the president's abode. Following Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down is the second movie this year that has as its premise the takeover and destruction of the White House " and the similarities don't end there. >More
 Joss Whedon turns Much Ado About Nothing into a stylish, modern romp

The romantic banter in Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing flutters and flirts as it navigates a course of love that never runs smooth. It's a breath of fresh air in a dreary catalog of films based on Shakespeare's plays that either sag under the weight of the Bard's language or sacrifice the poetry in those words in the pursuit of realness. >More
 Monsters University is a lively lesson about perseverance

Ratatouille, like most of Pixar's feature films, has supporters who think it's a masterpiece. As brilliant as Brad Bird's direction and visual style are in that film, the story has always left me vaguely pissed off. And now, thanks to Monsters University, the new prequel to Monsters, Inc., there's a chance to show exactly why. >More
 UW Cinematheque to screen comedic gems by Pierre Étaix and a tribute to Roger Ebert in summer 2013

The UW Cinematheque debuted its summer 2013 schedule today, after announcing that a record 5,800 viewers attended its programming between January and May. The new season runs July 11 to Aug. 23 at 4070 Vilas Hall and Union South’s Marquee Theater. The lineup includes five features and three shorts by French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, plus a tribute to Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert. All screenings will feature 35mm prints, and all programs are free. >More
 Before Midnight shows how love can sweeten over time

Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) became touchstones of modern romantic cinema by capturing the optimism of people in their 20s and the regrets that begin to encroach in their 30s. Intercontinental lovers Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meet on a train in the first film and reunite during a book tour in the second. >More
 Man of Steel brings the hero down to earth

Warner Bros. has struggled to make Superman relevant in the 21st century. After all, he was kind of square, a throwback to a pre-Marvel Comics era in which superheroes didn't need psychological baggage. Perhaps that's why the studio turned him into Spider-Man for Man of Steel. >More
 This Is the End seeks redemption for obnoxious actors

The apocalypse has been showing up with greater frequency in film as of late. And though the apocalypse is quite literal in This Is the End, this comedy may also signal the end of the creative road for the kind of raunchy, Judd Apatow school of bromantic comedy that has dominated screens in recent years. Amid its celebration of weed, self-absorption and phallocentric humor, This Is the End seeks redemption for its characters. >More
 The Internship is a sweet comedy about a gang of misfits at Google

If you've ever thought to yourself, "Yeah, I use Google as a search engine, a map and a verb, but I wish there was a way to get more of it in my life," then you're in luck: Hollywood has fashioned an entire comedy around the ubiquitous Internet company and its so-called lifestyle. The closing credits even demo its product line. >More
 Lyrical storytelling propels Kon-Tiki's tale of a raft-borne adventurer

The color blue dominates the filmmakers' palette in Kon-Tiki: the azure expanse of open sky, the aquamarine sheen of boundless ocean, the cerulean eyes of Pl Hagen in the role of real-life adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. Geir Hartly Andreassen's beautifully saturated cinematography nourishes the senses like a photo spread in National Geographic. >More
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