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UW Cinematheque screens Antonioni, Chaplin, Misumi and more in fall 2012

Come autumn, crisp blue skies and fiery red leaves frame the UW campus. Some of the most breathtaking scenes aren't on Bascom Hill or the Lakeshore Path, however. They're on movie screens inside the three venues for UW Cinematheque: 4070 Vilas Hall, the Chazen Museum of Art, and Union South's Marquee Theater. Like the season itself, each Cinematheque screening is free. >More
 Elle Fanning to star in movie adaptation of Madison author Kevin Henkes' Olive's Ocean

These days, Kevin Henkes can count as an admirer another Hollywood star, 14-year-old Elle Fanning (Super 8, We Bought a Zoo). She likes his 2003 young-adult novel Olive's Ocean, and she said so to producer Donald Rosenfeld on the set of Effie, the forthcoming film starring Dakota Fanning, Elle's sister. One thing led to another, and now a film version of Olive's Ocean is in the works. Elle Fanning is slated to star in it, and the movie may be partially filmed on location in Madison. >More
 ParaNorman explores a misfit's complicated emotions

This summer, the bane of my existence where animated features are concerned -- the "be true to yourself" plot -- has been pounded into an unrecognizable pulp. It started with Disney/Pixar's Brave, which complicated the tale of a young misfit with the notion that responsibility is just as important as marching to the beat of your own drummer. Now comes ParaNorman, which highlights how being targeted for your weirdness comes with additional burdens. >More
 The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a fairy tale about parenting

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a modern-day fairy tale, but unlike most fairy tales, it's told from the perspective of the grownups rather than the child. It's a story about learning how to parent, accepting the mistakes that are inevitably made, and loving without possessing. >More
 A longtime marriage founders in the moving Hope Springs

Hope Springs isn't a great film, but it didn't have to be in order to distinguish itself. In a media landscape that only has eyes for the sex lives of nubile young things, Hope Springs' sincere and unembarrassed exploration of mature sexuality marks a welcome exception. >More
 The Queen of Versailles wallows in American materialism

One of my moviegoing pet peeves is documentaries that condescend to their subjects. So I was worried about seeing The Queen of Versailles, about a staggeringly wealthy couple's attempt to build a 90,000-foot house, America's largest. >More
 Total Recall remake doesn't match the original

Total Recall is the second feature-length adaptation of a paranoiac sci-fi story by Philip K. Dick, and this one may be more in tune with the bleak times we're living through. But it's also very much a product of director Len Wiseman. Fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1990 original will immediately notice a few major changes: no Schwarzenegger, no Mars, no exploding heads -- and, potentially the major deal-breaker, no sense of humor and precious little satire. >More
 An art thief gets played in Headhunters

"You don't need a Ph.D. to realize I overcompensate for my height," smirks Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), the 5'6", po-faced corporate headhunter at the center of Headhunters. He works overtime trying to keep his Nordic goddess of a wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) luxuriously accommodated, but he isn't putting in extra hours at the office. Instead, Roger has a profitable sideline stealing expensive paintings. >More
 A little girl stars in the jaw-dropping Beasts of the Southern Wild

In Beasts of the Southern Wild, 6-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis, who may turn out to be the youngest actor ever to win an Academy Award) lives an almost feral existence on a wild, low-lying island of the Louisiana coast known as the Bathtub. Hushpuppy narrates her vivid life story in the particular manner of kids. >More
 Dark Horse is pure Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz's Dark Horse probably isn't going to make anyone's list of best date movies of 2012, but the director's claustrophobic vision of optimistic youth slowly curdling into a hellish maelstrom of middle-age malaise is still a fun ride if you enjoy that sort of thing. >More
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