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Rock icon Cherie Currie recalls the Runaways at Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. screening

Cherie Currie is a native of California's San Fernando Valley, where the weather is pleasant all year. For the former lead singer of the 1970s all-girl rock band The Runaways, Wisconsin in January is an adjustment. "How you guys brave the weather, I don't know," a grinning Currie told an audience Thursday night at Sundance Cinemas Madison. >More
 Jeff Bridges is brilliant in Crazy Heart

You'd never guess that Crazy Heart is the work of a first-time filmmaker, but it is, and while the story is as old and true as the broken-down country-and-western balladeer at the heart of it, nearly everything about Scott Cooper's debut feels intimate and immediate and as emotionally raw as every country song that ever mattered. >More
 Mel Gibson shows his age in Edge of Darkness

Adapted from a BBC television drama, Edge of Darkness is Mel Gibson's first major film since his scandalous roadside ranting and arrest in July 2006. >More
 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
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