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Renée Zellweger stars as ‘Judy’ Garland

Amid the round-the-clock showings of Todd Phillips' film "Joker," with Joaquin Phoenix creating his version of Batman's arch-nemesis, a biopic of a famous 20th-century entertainer is also scheduled to open:

"Judy": Renée Zellweger portrays the woman who went from being one of the biggest child stars ever to being a multi-married, troubled middle-age entertainer whose fading talents led to one comeback after the next. There was no flying over this rainbow. (At AMC River Park Square and Village Center Wandermere.)

Here are a few critical comments:

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: " 'Judy' is just such a sturdy, dependable vehicle which, in this case, carries the precious cargo of Renée Zellweger in a dazzling portrayal of Judy Garland at the end of her life."

Stephanie Zacharek, Time: "Zellweger paints shadows of nuance into her portrayal of a performer who invites easy caricature. And she sings, too."

Brian Lowry, CNN.com: "Somehow, Zellweger manages to be Judy for a full two hours, delivering an over-the-rainbow performance in a movie that otherwise, on balance, is a bit more Kansas than Oz."

And there's a special Saturday-night showing scheduled at the Regal Cinemas Theatre at Northtown Mall:

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail 50th Anniversary": The schedule shows a 7 p.m. Saturday screenng of this classic British comedy, which celebrates the troupe's first appearance in 1969. What is your favorite color?

That's the lot at this point. So go, see a movie. And enjoy.