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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader overdoes the effects

C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, one of the great children's book cycles, nearly drowns in the sea-storms of modern big special-effects 3D moviemaking in the third Narnia movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. >More
 Burlesque fails to entertain, or even titillate

Burlesque bumps and grinds. And then it continues to grind and grind and grind. This new musical leaves no cliché unturned as it struggles to find the heart of cabaret (that's cabaret with both a small and big "C" -- the stage genius of Bob Fosse is an evident if unfulfilled aspiration). >More
 James Franco's outdoorsman faces the worst in 127 Hours

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is calm, cool and tear-your-hair-out exciting. Working from a script cowritten with his Slumdog Millionaire collaborator Simon Beaufoy, Boyle adapts Aron Ralston's "trapped in the wilderness" memoir with hellishly gripping aplomb. >More
 Disney's Tangled retells the Rapunzel story, delightfully

We all know that Rapunzel was a long-haired girl who dwelled in a tower, separated from her birthparents until rescued by a prince. Disney's charming, funny and deliciously entertaining Tangled makes more than a few tweaks to the Brothers Grimm version. >More
 Goth hero fights back in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

And so, with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, we say goodbye to the tragic goth hacker Lisbeth Salander, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Or at least we say goodbye to the version of her played movingly, unforgettably, by Noomi Rapace in the trilogy of dark, violent Swedish films based on the novels by the late Stieg Larsson. >More
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the best so far

"These are dark times," the Minister for Magic (Bill Nighy) announces right off the bat, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 plays positively like a limbo game of how low can you go into dark, darker, darkest. The first half of a two-film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's final book about the battle between the damaged boy wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and the monstrous dark lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), this is, as a whole, the finest Potter film yet. >More
 Arts Beat: UW Cinematheque welcomes new directory Jim Healy

The new head of UW-Madison's Cinematheque foresees a very bright future for film fans, as new screens begin to appear across campus. Jim Healy joined the Cinematheque Oct. 1 as director of programming. He previously served as an assistant curator at George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., one of the world's most prestigious film archives. >More
 Inside Job gets worked up about the financial crisis

From the disaster's beginning, media outlets from PBS to The Wall Street Journal have attempted to make sense of the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing economic meltdown. For a particularly entertaining take, go to the web and check out the Nov. 5 edition of public radio's This American Life, in which a couple of glib reporters buy a toxic asset and name it "Toxie." >More
 TV news dumbs it down in Morning Glory

I laughed a lot at a screening of the television-news comedy Morning Glory, but when I thought about the film later, it didn't hold up. Part of the problem is the lack of nuance Harrison Ford brings to his performance as the humiliated network anchor Mike Pomeroy, the kind of self-satisfied journalist who intones platitudes like, "News is a sacred temple." >More
 Arts Beat: Four Star Video Heaven celebratest 25th anniversary

"Four stars to Four Star," declared film critic Roger Ebert during one of his several visits to Four Star Video Heaven. Other film fans of all types this month are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the feisty DVD rental shop at 315 N. Henry St. >More
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