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Cars 2 is a race to nowhere

Minutes of the June 21, 2011, meeting of CDC (Critics Defending Cars): Dear friends -- I know it's been lonely. We've seen the conventional wisdom that Pixar has had a nearly perfect 15-year run of features..."well, except for Cars." >More
 Bill Cunningham New York is a blurry look at the photographer

Bill Cunningham's two weekly photo spreads in the New York Times, "On the Street" and "Evening Hours," have chronicled, respectively, the shifting mores of New York fashion and the town's glitterati. In the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, Cunningham is portrayed as a gentle eccentric, an ever-smiling eightysomething who tools around town on a bicycle, snapping shots of the natives in a kind of populist fashion parade. >More
 A Dutch lad must grow up fast in Winter in Wartime

Winter in Wartime, a coming-of-age story set against the bleak, frozen Dutch countryside during the Nazi-occupied winter of 1944-45, grapples with weighty, eternal questions. The issues stem not only from the standard deprivations of the time, but also the timeless mysteries of what it means to be an adult, a hero, and a survivor in a place where managing one out of three isn't a bad accomplishment. >More
 The Tree of Life explores nothing less than the miracle of existence

Some find Terrence Malick's meditative dramas a kind of cinematic religious experience. And there are those whose eyes roll whenever Malick's characters let loose with their "dude, nature is, like, so profound" philosophizing. When word out of this year's Cannes Film Festival, where The Tree of Life >More
 Jim Carrey lays an egg in Mr. Popper's Penguins

It's not the penguins' fault. Six handsome and lively emperor penguins have been cast in the title roles of the new Jim Carrey movie, Mr. Popper's Penguins -- along with the rubber-limbed Carrey and that grande dame of whimsy Angela Lansbury. But this expensive adaptation of the much-loved children's book by Richard and Florence Atwater is still pretty much a glossy botch. >More
 Midnight in Paris turns the City of Light into dullsville

I like the fantasy premise of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, and I'm happy he's telling a supernatural story. It's a familiar but sometimes overlooked mode for Allen, whose fantasy films include Zelig and The Purple Rose of Cairo. >More
 Kids make a scary film in Super 8

The kids -- and J.J. Abrams' handling of them -- are so money that for around 45 minutes of Super 8 I was enthralled by the prospect that I was watching one for the ages. Abrams delivers exactly what he knows we need as he introduces us to the residents of small-town Lillian, Ohio, circa 1979. >More
 Entertaining X-Men: First Class traces the heroes' origins

One way of looking at Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class is as a Holocaust film. A big, bright, loud, broadly pitched Holocaust story surprisingly outfitted with shape-shifting comic-book superheroes and multitudinous fireballs, but a Holocaust film nonetheless. >More
 Famous interviewees can't save self-absorbed I Am

Don't know who Tom Shadyac is? Let's allow the man to introduce himself -- believe me, he isn't shy: "I made Jim Carrey talk out of his ass." As a writer and a director, Shadyac first unleashed Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Nutty Professor remake on the world; later he directed what could charitably be called a string of film fiascoes (Patch Adams, anyone?). >More
 Film fans have options for summer 2011 with Rooftop Cinema, WUD and UW Cinematheque

It is finally warm out, Wisconsin, and with any luck it will stay that way for a while. That's good news for fans of avant-garde film, because this Friday, June 3, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art kicks off its outdoor Rooftop Cinema series, which presents experimental works old and new. >More
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