For many generations, Judy Garland will always be the young girl who wanted to click her heels to thrive in a place without conflict. Throughout Garland\u2019s career, she continued to search for such peace, sometimes with success, often with stumbles, always with a clarity of view and voice. How well I remember her television show, from the 1960s, where she would simply sing. Even for a kid who could have been watching \u201cBonanza\u201d on that other network, Judy continuously amazed. Because Garland\u2019s life and career traveled so many ups and downs, a traditional biopic would struggle to navigate all the turns. The new film \u201cJudy\u201d wisely focuses on one chapter in this entertainer\u2019s life, near the end of her career, when all the choices she made finally caught up with her and challenged her ability to touch the people who mattered, including her fans, friends and children. Without making excuses for Garland\u2019s behavior, or exaggerating the performer\u2019s impact, the film helps us see the woman in a new way while celebrating the emotional commitment she brought to every performance. It\u2019s no easy task. Since Garland died, every nuance in her singing, every gesture in her performing, seems to have frozen in time. Years ago, Australian actress Judy Davis captured the essence of the woman while relying on lip-synching to recreate the Garland performance. What makes Ren\u00e9e Zellweger\u2019s performance so remarkable is how she dares to use her own voice to recreate the layers of Garland\u2019s late-in-life vocals. Even though Zellweger was Oscar nominated for the musical \u201cChicago,\u201d she isn\u2019t necessarily considered an accomplished vocalist. But she makes it work in \u201cJudy,\u201d magically suggesting the impact of time on a voice once considered by many as the greatest show business ever experienced. Zellweger makes the film work \u2014 despite a script that, at times, can reveal its origins as a stage play \u2014 because she doesn\u2019t rely on visual tricks to make us believe in her performance. Unlike many an actor who may suggest an actual person with the help of makeup or prosthetics, Zellweger relies less on physical enhancements than on recreating Garland\u2019s tension, and revealing the many layers of her reactions. We feel the fears that plague this lady, the financial woes, the motherhood worries, the professional doubts, because Zellweger lets the raw emotions out without overdoing the histrionics. The result is a performance that makes us feel we get to spend time with someone we have always found fascinating. Musically, the film makes the effort to accurately recreate the Mort Lindsey arrangements that Garland used in the 1960s, complete with rich orchestrations and distinctive rhythms. This enhances the authenticity of Zellweger\u2019s interpretations as she wisely avoids trying to capture Garland\u2019s best voice, instead choosing to suggest the passage of time into her vocals. When the actress precisely recreates Garland\u2019s unique take on such standards as \u201cBy Myself\u201d and \u201cCome Rain or Shine\u201d and, especially, \u201cOver the Rainbow,\u201d the magic stirs. Thanks to \u201cJudy\u201d \u2014 and the commanding work of Ren\u00e9e Zellweger \u2014 the brilliance of Judy Garland comes to life, again for a couple of hours. \u201cJudy\u201d runs 1 hour, 58 minutes, and is rated PG-13 for \u201csubstance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, and smoking.