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Precious looks hard at pain and abuse

Like its title protagonist -- a sexually, emotionally and physically abused 16-year-old African American girl who is functionally illiterate, morbidly obese and pregnant with her second child fathered by her own father -- Precious is a rough-hewn entity with unlikely odds for success. >More
 Disney's superbly animated The Princess and the Frog trumps Pixar

The Princess and the Frog, Disney's 49th animated feature film, is a riot of oozing ultraviolets, dank graveyard blacks and incandescent star-field blues, a palette that seems more fit for All Hallows Eve than the holiday season. >More
 Morgan Freeman's Nelson Mandela eases racial tensions in Invictus

With Invictus, Morgan Freeman teams up again with director Clint Eastwood and fulfills his longtime desire to portray Nelson Mandela, South African president and international hero. >More
 Sundance announces screenings for Madison, other cities in Sundance Film Festival USA

Madison, get ready for The Runaways. Sundance Institute has announced the lineup for the first-ever Sundance Film Festival USA, which on Jan. 28 will see filmmakers hosting screenings at eight cinemas nationwide, including Sundance Cinemas Madison. Sundance Film Festival USA is an adjunct to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, which will be held in Utah Jan. 21-31. >More
 Madison in the movies

Is there a Madison curse for Hollywood movies? Almost every big-budget project filmed on location here is an artistic failure, even if it stars foolproof actors like Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer or Johnny Depp. >More
 Everybody's Fine: Family secrets

Everybody's Fine -- a movie about the lies grown children tell their parents -- is, ironically, one of the most disingenuous movies to come out of Hollywood in a while. >More
 Madison in the movies: Behind the scenes

If most of the Hollywood movies filmed on location in Madison are bad, it's not the fault of the dedicated local folks who worked with the producers, directors and stars, meeting often outrageous demands. Mary Idso, former assistant director of the now-closed Wisconsin Film Office, tells hilarious and hair-raising stories about dealing with the big-budget productions that rolled into the area. >More
 Wes Anderson finds real life, at last, in hilarious Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson, at his best and his worst, has always been a filmmaker with a fondness for hermetically sealed worlds of his own creation. Why it took him 15 years to take a stab at animation, I'll never know. >More
 Ninja Assassin is preposterously dumb

Pitched somewhere between a preadolescent boy's martial-arts fantasy world and a wildly off-kilter exercise in homoerotic beefcakery, Ninja Assassin is an astonishingly crappy slo-mo gorefest from the V for Vendetta team of director James McTeigue and producers the Wachowski Brothers. >More
 Rich white folks adopt a black football player in The Blind Side

A great swath of American men might fall in love with Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, the generously entertaining movie about, among other things, the sweeping cultural phenomenon that is football in the South. She is beautiful. She is rich. She loves football. And she carries a gun. >More
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