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Mike Birbiglia's immaturity charms and chafes in Sleepwalk With Me

Mike Birbiglia is too old to play a teenager -- or even a twentysomething -- but his voice still cracks on occasion. He delivers his lines with long uhhhhs, sarcasm and an overall air of uncertainty. Sight unseen -- which is how many people first came to him, via monologues on his comedy albums and NPR's This American Life -- he could almost pass for a child. >More
 The Words exploits clichés about writers and their love lives

The Words is about struggling writer Rory Jensen (Bradley Cooper) who lives with his gorgeous girlfriend Dora (Star Trek's Zoe Saldana) in New York City. He has two unsold novels under his belt when he discovers a manuscript of unknown provenance tucked inside an old leather briefcase bought in Paris. Already you can see where this is going. >More
 Secrets of success: An interview with Wisconsin filmmaker Justin Eugene Evans

Wisconsin filmmaker Justin Eugene Evans is a man of many hats. He wore several during the production of his new cold-war thriller, A Lonely Place for Dying. Evans served as producer, director, co-writer and cinematographer -- all while leading a small crew into an abandoned New Mexico prison. >More
 MMoCA's Spotlight Cinema to premiere five movies on 35mm film in fall 2012

This fall, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will debut five critically acclaimed films during its Spotlight Cinema series. Though these movies are new to Madison, each will be shown the good, old-fashioned way: on 35mm film, which Hollywood is phasing out in favor of cheaper -- and less beautiful -- digital technology. >More
 A misplaced love story dulls otherwise sharp Lawless

Lawless is a portrait of real-world anti-heroism, a story of larger-than-life characters who refuse to play by the rules. It would be awesome if it didn't yield to expectations. Director John Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave don't seem to be courting a mass audience. >More
 Celeste & Jesse Forever examines a broken-up couple's connection

When I watch a new romantic comedy, I hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I'm glad to report that Celeste & Jesse Forever is a pretty good one. Its quirky, indie vibe is appealing, and it strives -- at times too hard -- to rise above the genre's clichés. >More
 Premium Rush sates B-movie cravings

The term "B-movie" gets tossed around pejoratively, but here's the honest truth: Good B-movies like Premium Rush may be rarer than any other kind of movie. >More
 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
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