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Broken Embraces is too interesting for its own good

Let's get this out of the way. Penélope Cruz is stunning. Ravishing. To sit in the dark and gaze at her image on a giant screen -- that's why God made the movies. >More
 A dad seeks a cure in predictable Extraordinary Measures

It's unsurprising that the first film to hit the screens from the new film production outfit CBS Films is something that looks and tastes an awful lot like a TV movie of the week. A fatal juvenile disease, heroic parenting, a recalcitrant collaborator, a ticking clock and near-insurmountable odds give Extraordinary Measures all the dramatic arcs necessary for this type of thing. >More
 UW Cinematheque spring 2010 season ventures to Brazil, Egypt, Tokyo and Bollywood

"We all lose our charms in the end," Marilyn Monroe sings in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, referring to the relentless aging process. Technically speaking, the 1953 movie itself had lost some of its charms, including its brilliant color. But it's been restored, and now Madison audiences can see Monroe's eye-popping gowns the way they originally appeared on the big screen. >More
 A gay prof seeks to end it all in A Single Man

Adapted from the novel by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man is an exquisite and haunting feature debut from the fashion designer/icon Tom Ford. >More
 Peter Jackson forgets about people in The Lovely Bones

After helming The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson will forever be associated with Middle-earth. The filmmaker has moved on but, apparently, not so his interest in fantasy worlds. >More
 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus features Heath Ledger and stand-ins

Bela Lugosi died during filming of Plan 9 From Outer Space, the alleged Worst Movie Ever, but the labor didn't stop. Director Ed Wood simply employed a double holding a Dracula cape over his face. Problem solved, and I'd say the unsettling film even benefited from the unsettling effect. Similarly, director Terry Gilliam completed his The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus despite the death, mid-shoot, of star Heath Ledger. >More
 Michael Cera is a tortured teen in Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt was set first to open this fall, but it was a smart move to wait: It's a sweetly dippy underachiever better suited to small-stakes January. Taken from C.D. Payne's early '90s epistolary novel, Youth in Revolt chronicles the tortured life of Nick Twisp (Michael Cera). >More
 Guy Ritchie updates Sherlock Holmes for action audiences

When Edgar Allan Poe invented the literary detective genre in 1841, little did he know that C. Auguste Dupin, his clever little Parisian "ratiocinator," would lead directly to the creation of Arthur Conan Doyle's "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes some 46 years later. >More
 Kidman, Cruz and the rest don't lift Nine

More corsets appear in the movie Nine than in your average Victoria's Secret fashion show. The movie is Rob Marshall's adaptation of the twice-produced Broadway musical, which itself was an outgrowth of Federico Fellini's 1963 Italian film classic 8 1/2. >More
 A frequent flyer finds redemption in Up in the Air

As awards season kicks into high gear, commentators of all stripes are going to talk about Up in the Air in terms of its zeitgeist relevance, its timely attention to economic instability and the corporations that feast on the carrion of the downsized and dispossessed. And in so doing, they will overlook how simply satisfying it is as a piece of filmmaking. >More
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