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Governess has eyes for boss in Jane Eyre

There are good reasons Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester shouldn't be together. He is her employer. He's hard to get along with. Most importantly... Well, I'll refrain from disclosing that, in case you've never read either Jane Eyre or The Madwoman in the Attic, the seminal book of feminist literary criticism whose name was inspired by Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel. >More
 Source Code is like Groundhog Day in hell

Source Code is a gritty, dark and very entertaining slice of near-future science fiction. On the surface, it plays like a claustrophobic, marginally more humanistic version of one of 24's more imaginative episodes. There's a terrorist bomb of some kind, planted on a Chicago commuter train, and it's already gone off. More are expected to follow. How to stop them? >More
 Tiny Furniture finds the truth between fact and fiction

Tiny Furniture takes me back to 1937 and The Awful Truth's delightful romantic dilemma. Which guy will the young New York gal choose, safe Ralph Bellamy or dashing Cary Grant? There are important differences. >More
 An author samples a creativity drug in Limitless

Limitless is a writer's movie by a writer -- director Neil Burger -- and it explores the dark side of the muse. Well, eventually it travels into the black, but before that it's pure wish fulfillment, and giddily so. >More
 Paul journeys through its writers' pop-culture nostalgia

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost love using their movies to talk back to the movies they love. In previous collaborations like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, they have been unapologetic about their adoration for the kind of mass-market pop-culture -- zombie movies, buddy-cop action flicks -- that they would have slurped up as 1980s teenagers. >More
 Mars Needs Moms could use a more interesting story

For a technology intended to make animated humans look more real, motion-capture animation sure hasn't been used to tell stories that are more human. When Robert Zemeckis pioneered the idea for a feature-length motion-capture film in The Polar Express in 2004, plenty of critics picked on the creepy-looking characters. But even as Zemeckis fine-tuned the technology for Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, the narratives themselves remained remote and uninvolving. >More
 Battle: Los Angeles wallows in sci-fi obviousness

Your degree of fondness for the war and/or science fiction genres will make the marines vs. aliens movie Battle: Los Angeles either comfortingly familiar or gratingly obvious. Viewed as a war film, it's strictly standard run 'n' gun fare. Scripter Christopher Bertolini ticks off the particulars of the platoon's instant backstory with admirable ease but far too many shopworn clichés. >More
 Wisconsin Film Festival unveils 2011 schedule

Perusing the guide to this year's Wisconsin Film Festival this past week has left me wishing I had not one long weekend but a full week or perhaps a month to take in the 13th annual cinematic celebration, scheduled for March 30 through April 3. >More
 The Adjustment Bureau messes with destiny

Early in The Adjustment Bureau, there's a scene that in a romantic comedy would be the meet-cute. The guy is David Norris (Matt Damon), a U.S. Senate candidate for New York preparing his concession speech after an embarrassing revelation; the woman is Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), hiding out in a stall of the hotel men's room where David is rehearsing in the mirror. >More
 Funky Rango features Johnny Depp's fun voice work

If you were operating under the impression that Rango might be your typical, formulaic computer-animated feature, take a moment to consider the involvement of Johnny Depp. When, over the course of a 25-year acting career, has this guy been known to take a role that could be called typical or formulaic? >More
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