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'The Lookout' to Screen Feb. 21-24
at UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre

RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2008

poster for The LookoutEAU CLAIRE — "The Lookout" (2007) will screen Feb. 21-24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. "A stealthy neo-noir drama that isn't afraid to take its time developing characters on the way to the payoff of a neatly designed caper scenario" (Variety), the film will be shown at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

The directorial debut of screenwriter Scott Frank ("Dead Again") is an intelligent crime drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("Brick") as a once-promising athlete responsible for a fatal car accident that leaves him with a severe head injury. Still struggling years later with disorientation and an unreliable memory, he takes a job as a night janitor at a small Kansas bank — and finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

Matthew Goode, Ilsa Fisher, Jeff Daniels and Carla Gugino costar.

"At various times over the last decade, David Fincher, Sam Mendes and Michael Mann were attached to direct Scott Frank's screenplay," reported The Village Voice. "That Frank — best known for straightening and sharpening the tangled lines of Elmore Leonard's novels 'Get Shorty' and 'Out of Sight' — wound up directing 'The Lookout' himself was the best thing that could have happened to his script. ... From hypnotic start to thrilling finish, 'The Lookout' works. It takes its time, saves its breath, lets us know these people before putting guns in their hands and tossing them in a tiny bank vault on a winter's night. Frank likes his story, but he loves his characters."

The 99-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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