“The Giver”: How could a movie about remembering be so forgettable?

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“The Giver” is now playing at Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema and Sundance. PG-13, 1:27, two stars out of four.

Imagine living in a place with no color, no emotion, no wildness, where everyone is polite, dresses the same way and thinks the same way.

But enough about Waukesha.

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The five films you have to see in Madison: Aug. 15-22, 2014

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Pick of the week: “Magic in the Moonlight” (Sundance, AMC Star Cinema) — It’s a Woody. Yes, “Magic in the Moonlight” has been getting pretty lousy reviews, and the idea (magician Colin Firth hired to debunk mystic Emma Stone)  sounds like one of those bad ideas Woody had back in the “Curse of the Jade Scorpion” days. But it’s a new Woody Allen film, and we won’t be able to say that that many more times, most likely. So we show up, hoping for another “Midnight in Paris.”

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