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A killer searches for his soul in The American

Usually, when people talk about a movie feeling "European," it's not exactly a compliment. It's shorthand for languid pacing, character-based drama, maybe a few casually naked boobs and a general lack of Hollywood conventionality. The American feels very much like the product of people who want to make a "European"-style movie. >More
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 UW Cinematheque screens Kurosawa, Errol Morris, and more in fall 2010 program

The fall 2010 schedule at UW Cinematheque is full of hooks. 2010 is the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa's birth, so what better occasion for a series? >More
 With its fine cast, Get Low is strange perfection

You need only see Get Low for absolute proof that there remain at least three reasons -- Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray -- to switch off your home theater and get out into a real one. Set in Depression-era backwoods Tennessee, Get Low begins and ends with a crotchety, shotgun-wielding misanthrope by the name of Felix Bush, who has erected a "No Damn Trespassers" sign on the edge of his forest-shrouded property. >More
 Restrepo documents grueling warfare in Afghanistan

Restrepo is an example of photojournalism at its finest. The film chronicles the grueling 15-month deployment in Afghanistan of about a dozen U.S. soldiers of the Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade. >More
 Jennifer Aniston is a genre unto herself in The Switch

Hollywood's biological clock must be ticking something fierce. The Switch is the third artificial-insemination romantic comedy of the summer thus far, after The Back-up Plan and The Kids are All Right. Based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides, The Switch is amiable fluff that takes its time learning how to walk, talk and act like the kid-centric romantic comedy that it is. >More
 A fashion icon gets her man in Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Perhaps it's no surprise that French designer Coco Chanel, with her penchant for a dominant black-and-white color palette, would be attracted to Igor Stravinsky, a compositional master of the piano's black-and-white keyboard. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is the second movie about Chanel to be released in the last couple of years, following Coco Before Chanel, and is, by far, the less besotted of the two films. >More
 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World captures its source material's quirky energy

In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the visuals pop with jagged panel-break split-screens and straight-outta-Batman onscreen sound effects. Key lines of dialogue and every significant plot point are snatched precisely from the source material, Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel series. >More
 Eat Pray Love mimics its heroine's identity crisis

When the script for Eat Pray Love landed in Richard Jenkins' inbox, one can imagine he must have twinkled at the pages-long monologue his character delivers in the film's midsection. >More
 Will Ferrell is back in his comfort zone with The Other Guys

Reeling himself back in from the career crash-zone territory of Land of the Lost, Will Ferrell returns to more familiar stomping grounds with The Other Guys, his fourth comedy pairing with director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers). Again, Ferrell plays a big boob, although his Det. Allen Gamble in The Other Guys is not as clueless or as extreme a doofus as his characters in these previous movies. >More
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