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The Music Never Stopped depicts 1960s tunes' healing power

Parents of teenagers traditionally loathe the music their kids like. But what if your teenager disappeared, and playing that music magically brought him back? That's the premise of The Music Never Stopped, a poignant, funny film about a rebellious kid and his inflexible dad, and about music's inexplicable power. >More
 Grief drives a man to the truth in Beginners

"You think you're you," a man in Beginners tells a dog named Arthur, before breaking it to Arthur, a Jack Russell, that his personality has everything to do with being bred that way. They're just starting out together -- the man has inherited the dog from his dead father -- but true beginnings are well nigh impossible. >More
 Sundance Madison announces Screening Room schedule for summer 2011

Sundance Madison has released its latest Screening Room schedule, so if you've had your fill of summer blockbusters about juvenile moviemakers and men and women in tights, these foreign, indie and documentary films will get you through August. >More
 Transformers: Dark of the Moon doesn't know when enough's enough

During the prologue of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, we learn some revisionist history. The Apollo moon program, it seems, was a response to indications that something had crashed on the moon in 1961. The Apollo 11 astronauts' explorations include a top-secret mission to investigate the wreckage of a spacecraft -- one that carries a powerful piece of Autobot technology. >More
 In a Better World features a mayhem-causing lad

Like Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed and Harvey Stephens in The Omen, William Jøhnk Nielsen makes a terrific rotten kid. As angry Christian, Nielsen stars in the low-key Danish thriller In a Better World, which won the foreign-language Oscar this year. When he's not glowering, he's causing mayhem. >More
 Nicholas Langholff is dedicated to indie cinema in Wisconsin

Darren Burrows recalls standing around the production office while acting in the 2010 film NoNAMES when someone said, "Darren, I'm such a fan of your work. How did you become involved in this project?" "Nick's a friend of mine," replied the alumnus of TV's Northern Exposure, referring to NoNAMES co-producer Nicholas Langholff. "And somebody else in the office said, 'Oh, you've been Langholffed too.'" >More
 Cars 2 is a race to nowhere

Minutes of the June 21, 2011, meeting of CDC (Critics Defending Cars): Dear friends -- I know it's been lonely. We've seen the conventional wisdom that Pixar has had a nearly perfect 15-year run of features..."well, except for Cars." >More
 Bill Cunningham New York is a blurry look at the photographer

Bill Cunningham's two weekly photo spreads in the New York Times, "On the Street" and "Evening Hours," have chronicled, respectively, the shifting mores of New York fashion and the town's glitterati. In the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, Cunningham is portrayed as a gentle eccentric, an ever-smiling eightysomething who tools around town on a bicycle, snapping shots of the natives in a kind of populist fashion parade. >More
 A Dutch lad must grow up fast in Winter in Wartime

Winter in Wartime, a coming-of-age story set against the bleak, frozen Dutch countryside during the Nazi-occupied winter of 1944-45, grapples with weighty, eternal questions. The issues stem not only from the standard deprivations of the time, but also the timeless mysteries of what it means to be an adult, a hero, and a survivor in a place where managing one out of three isn't a bad accomplishment. >More
 The Tree of Life explores nothing less than the miracle of existence

Some find Terrence Malick's meditative dramas a kind of cinematic religious experience. And there are those whose eyes roll whenever Malick's characters let loose with their "dude, nature is, like, so profound" philosophizing. When word out of this year's Cannes Film Festival, where The Tree of Life >More
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