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Cinematheque showcases Winter Sleep, winner of the top prize at Cannes

It is off-season at a tourist hotel in a remote region of Turkey. Spring will come, bringing tourists and the distraction of work. For now, the couple who run the place have each other. It is not quite nothing, but it's close enough. >More
 Antarctica: A Year on Ice highlights ordinary people in an extraordinary place

Midway through Antarctica: A Year on Ice, a wrestling match breaks out. What's at stake? A banana. The tussle is friendly, but it conveys a lot about life on the southernmost continent. Supplies aren't replenished during the brutal winter, so when a ship finally arrives bearing fresh fruit, giddiness sets in. >More

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Jupiter Ascending fails to launch

Lana and Andy Wachowski, directors/writers/fabulators of the Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas, return with Jupiter Ascending, an old-fashioned space opera that borrows heavily from the likes of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars novels and cartoonist Alex Raymond's '30s-era Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. >More
 Two Days, One Night is a study in moral choices

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have carved out a magnificent filmmaking career built on exploring one simple but essential subject: the consequences of and rationalizations for our moral choices. Two Days, One Night continues that pursuit with a film that's not just one magnificent character study, but a dozen smaller, equally fascinating ones. >More

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Bradley Cooper is a revelation in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper

Clint Eastwood's second film of 2014 (Jersey Boys was released in June) is also his best film since at least 2008's Gran Torino. With it, the filmmaker revisits his long preoccupation with guns and their capabilities, although the recoil of American Sniper doesn't have the same moral reverb of Eastwood's finest work. Still, the action sequences are packed with zealous clarity and tense dynamism. >More
 The wee bear gets the movie he deserves in Paddington

Bears and marmalade have gone together like Pooh and honey ever since 1958, when U.K. author Michael Bond and illustrator Peggy Fortnum published their children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Featuring the misadventures of a young bear from "darkest Peru" who finds himself living in London through no fault of his own, the Paddington books are the rarest of VYA (Very Young Adult) touchstones, the children's classic. >More

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Selma portrays a determined yet flawed Martin Luther King Jr.

Selma could have been just an inspirational drama about a pivotal historical moment, and it could have been just a hagiographic portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts at promoting African American civil rights. But director Ava DuVernay and her team are interested in doing something much less common, something that echoes the similar success of 2012's Lincoln. >More
 Joaquin Phoenix displays a talent for physical comedy in Inherent Vice

There are those who will observe -- and have observed already -- that Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice is weird, rambling, fragmented, occasionally over the top and not at all concerned with pulling together the threads of its sprawling detective narrative. And I nod in agreement, and shrug, because those are features, baby, not bugs. >More

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Benedict Cumberbatch excels in The Imitation Game, despite underwritten part

Is The Imitation Game gay enough? That's not a flippant question; I fretted about it both times I watched the movie. Its subject, Alan Turing, was a pioneering figure in computer science who led the covert group at Bletchley Park that broke the Nazi Enigma code; many credit those cryptologists with winning the war. >More
 Foxcatcher fails to provide insight into decades-old tabloid fodder

A palpable sense of doom hangs over the chilling Foxcatcher, like a vulture resembling the beak-nosed billionaire John E. du Pont (a prosthetic-enhanced Steve Carell), who is at the story's twisted center. >More

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst & Better Call Saul are premiering on TV this week. >More
 How the #SweetScientists Amy DeJong and Maya Warren won The Amazing Race

If you're reading this, it's very likely that you followed Amy DeJong and Maya Warren as they traveled from New York to Los Angeles, taking the long way around the world, in a quest to win $1 million on the 25th season of The Amazing Race. Labeled the #SweetScientists by CBS, they visited 20 cities in eight nations over the span of about three weeks. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 12: The #SweetScientists come from behind, play smart, and win!

When I pitched recapping the 25th season of The Amazing Race to Isthmus, all I wanted was to get paid to watch TV. That's the American Dream, right? I honestly hadn't thought about the possibility that contestants Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, a pair of students in UW-Madison's Food Science doctoral program, would actually make it all the way to the finale, much less come from behind to win it all. >More
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The Amazing Race 25, Episode 12: The #SweetScientists come from behind, play smart, and win!

When I pitched recapping the 25th season of The Amazing Race to Isthmus, all I wanted was to get paid to watch TV. That's the American Dream, right? I honestly hadn't thought about the possibility that contestants Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, a pair of students in UW-Madison's Food Science doctoral program, would actually make it all the way to the finale, much less come from behind to win it all. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 11: Running on fumes, the #SweetScientists make it to the finale

Here we are, at the penultimate leg of the 25th edition of The Amazing Race -- just one more week until it'll all be over. The bad news: Our gals, UW-Madison grad students Amy and Maya, the #SweetScientists, ended up in last place on this leg. The good news: No one was eliminated. >More

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