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The Theory of Everything is a remarkable portrait of ailing physicist Steven Hawking and his wife, Jane

The Theory of Everything delicately observes the boundless universe of love's possibilities: what we're willing to give, take and endure. Inspired by Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir about her life with former husband Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21, the film's heart beats with a romantic optimism, even when their union ends. >More
 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 adds mouth-watering context to the dystopian heroine's tale

Chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two segments, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, was a surprisingly brilliant decision. A similar approach led to the terrible Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010. Peter Jackson isn't even finished with his Hobbit series, and he's already shown that J.R.R. Tolkien's short-ish novel shouldn't have been turned into three long films. >More

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Jon Stewart illustrates a jailed journalist's plight in Rosewater

Jon Stewart's big-screen acting work has been spotty, but The Daily Show host's debut as a film director is a much more auspicious occasion. As the writer, director and producer of the film adaptation of Maziar Bahari's book Then They Came for Me, the comedian proves his dramatic chops. >More
 A petty thief becomes a slimy crime-scene videographer in Nightcrawler

"I'm a little lost," Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) admits to the security guard who's caught him stealing chain-link fence in Nightcrawler. A petty thief unable to land a real job, Lou's gaunt appearance makes his perpetual grin appear less than trustworthy, and his overly rehearsed rhetoric rings more hollow with each passing encounter. >More

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Space travelers scout a better home for humanity in Interstellar

Near the midpoint in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, there's a simple yet remarkable shot. A NASA spacecraft approaches its destination, a wormhole near Saturn. For a moment, the craft and its passengers aren't the center of the universe. >More
 Birdman is an enjoyable farce about an actor desperate to save his career

Well played, Alejandro González Iñárritu. You've dared critics not to roll their eyes at your latest film, Birdman, and you've almost succeeded. >More

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Bill Murray bares the soul of a boozing, gambling grump in St. Vincent

Although playing the unabashed curmudgeon next door is the kind of thing Bill Murray could do in his sleep, the treasured actor brings everything he has to the role of Vincent MacKenna in St. Vincent. >More
 A seasoned tank commander mentors a terrified rookie in Fury

I wish I'd gotten to watch Fury without knowing it was written and directed by David Ayer. I like to think I would've been able to identify his handiwork without this information. >More

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Gone Girl is a gripping drama about a man accused of murdering his wife

David Fincher knows how to keep audiences from zoning out during opening credits. The director shares them in an unsettling way in his adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. He immediately makes it clear what he's going to deliver: the cinematic equivalent of a page-turner. >More
 A not-so-charming Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen. These are two of the most contentious words in contemporary movie-fan circles. From the scandals and accusations in his personal life to his homogenous character demographics, there is no neutral ground in conversations about the writer and director. >More

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The Amazing Race 25, Episode 8: The #SweetScientists persevere as challenges mount

I was sincerely worried about the #SweetScientists right from the start of the episode, when Amy mentioned a leg injury she sustained that was becoming a problem. The worry increased as I watched the team have a lot of trouble with the first challenge. >More
 Scrupulous sleeping around on The Ethical Slut

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 7: Go-karts and opera help the #SweetScientists build teamwork

Wanna know what a couple of professional wrestlers call a duo of food scientists movin' along at a steady clip? They call it the "Candy Girl Jog," and with any luck it'll be sweeping the nation -- or, at the very least, the corridors of Babcock Hall -- in no time! >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 6: #SweetScientists flaunt some mad butter-churning skills

It's been all fun and games up until now in the 25th season of The Amazing Race. The roadblocks and detours in the first five episodes have been more bothersome than anything, but all that changed in Morocco. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 5: #SweetScientists embrace local culture in Morocco

This episode marked the leg of the race where the contestants started to crack. I'm an Amazing Race virgin, so I have no idea if there's a point in every season where folks start to go bonkers due to the stress, the pressure and the general pace of the proceedings, but if there is, this was it for Season 25. >More
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Scrupulous sleeping around on The Ethical Slut

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. >More

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The Amazing Race 25 Episode 3: #SweetScientists show off their animal-whispering skills

While others were watching Wisconsin's gubernatorial debates on Friday, I was dutifully following -- and sort of live-tweeting -- the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. It looks like Madison's #SweetScientists, a team composed of UW food-science grad students Amy and Maya, is going to go pretty far in the competition. >More

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UW Cinematheque hosts four Madison premieres in fall 2014

With back-to-school season just around the corner, the UW Cinematheque has rolled out its fall 2014 film lineup. All Cinematheque events are free and take place at 4070 Vilas Hall, the Marquee Theater at Union South, and the Chazen Museum of Art. >More

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