May 11, 2009 9:30 AM
There's nothing curious about our appreciation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($16-$26). Inspired by the F.Scott Fitzgerald story of the same name, this epic film spans the life of Benjamin (Brad Pitt), who is born as an old man, and must then live his life backwards until he dies as a baby. Special effects, body doubles and makeup wizardry aside, the movie is heartrendingly beautiful, as Benjamin falls in love with "the one" (Cate Blanchett) and enjoys a few blissful years by her side, only to lose everything as their differing ages break them apart. Worth a watch (or two), but don't do so lightly—Benjamin is a three hour time commitment.