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Screen shots: Madison cinema for January 29 - February 5, 2015

Some films are so bad they're good; that would make The Room arguably one of the greatest movies of all time. >More
 A Most Violent Year is unexpected, enthralling

Set in the semi-lawless New York City of 1981, A Most Violent Year is about an immigrant entrepreneur trying to expand his heating-oil business while fending off near-daily hijackings of his delivery trucks. It's kind of a thriller -- there are two chase scenes, at least -- but any genre expectations will be thwarted by writer/director J.C. Chandor's almost perverse pleasure in stopping shy of the boiling point. >More
 Jennifer Aniston is believable, but Cake falls flat

Cake marks America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston's opportunity to flaunt facial scars and brood greatly, qualifying under the radar last December to nab a Golden Globe nomination, but failing to capitalize on any similar Academy Awards love upon its return to theaters. >More
 Screen shots: Madison cinema for January 22-29, 2015

 The wee bear gets the movie he deserves in Paddington

Bears and marmalade have gone together like Pooh and honey ever since 1958, when U.K. author Michael Bond and illustrator Peggy Fortnum published their children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Featuring the misadventures of a young bear from "darkest Peru" who finds himself living in London through no fault of his own, the Paddington books are the rarest of VYA (Very Young Adult) touchstones, the children's classic. >More
 Bradley Cooper is a revelation in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper

Clint Eastwood's second film of 2014 (Jersey Boys was released in June) is also his best film since at least 2008's Gran Torino. With it, the filmmaker revisits his long preoccupation with guns and their capabilities, although the recoil of American Sniper doesn't have the same moral reverb of Eastwood's finest work. Still, the action sequences are packed with zealous clarity and tense dynamism. >More
 UW's Cinematheque honors Kenosha-born auteur Orson Welles

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. The Kenosha-born filmmaker and actor (who lived in Madison when he was 10) is revered for his groundbreaking work in theater, radio and film. UW's Cinematheque will celebrate his career all year, kicking off with a six-week run of films at 4070 Vilas Hall emphasizing his career as the "complete auteur." >More
 Screen shots: Madison cinema for January 15-22, 2015

 Joaquin Phoenix displays a talent for physical comedy in Inherent Vice

There are those who will observe -- and have observed already -- that Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice is weird, rambling, fragmented, occasionally over the top and not at all concerned with pulling together the threads of its sprawling detective narrative. And I nod in agreement, and shrug, because those are features, baby, not bugs. >More
 Selma portrays a determined yet flawed Martin Luther King Jr.

Selma could have been just an inspirational drama about a pivotal historical moment, and it could have been just a hagiographic portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts at promoting African American civil rights. But director Ava DuVernay and her team are interested in doing something much less common, something that echoes the similar success of 2012's Lincoln. >More
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