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Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a sad look at the folk star

If you're just getting acquainted with the music of Phil Ochs and you're not sure how important he is, you'll be struck by something Pete Seeger says in the documentary Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune. "Here I am with two of the greatest songwriters in the world," says Seeger, remembering a 1960s jam session. One of the songwriters was Ochs. The other was Bob Dylan. >More
 Sundance Madison announces Screening Room schedule for spring and summer 2011

If you're bummed by the prospect of more dreary pirates and superheroes at the multiplexes in the coming weeks, take heart. Sundance Madison has released its latest Screening Room schedule, and the foreign and indie flicks on it will get you through the first part of the summer. >More
 Arts Beat: Circus World Museum wagons in Water for Elephants

If you see Water for Elephants, keep an eye out for some stars from Wisconsin. Appearing alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson are 15 vintage wagons from Baraboo's Circus World Museum. >More
 Arts Beat: Orpheum Theatre no longer screening movies regularly

Isthmus has no times for movies in general release at the Orpheum Theatre. >More
 Lame Queen of the Sun wonders where the bees went

The bees are disappearing. The phenomenon is called colony collapse disorder, and no one knows what's causing it. As the documentary Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? reports, five million honeybee colonies in the U.S. have been lost to it. At stake is, among other things, what we eat, because bees pollinate fruits and vegetables. No bees, no fruits and vegetables. >More
 Prom takes a sanitized look at teen life

Prom is the province of 17- to 18-year-olds, but Prom the movie is pitched at a much younger audience -- the tween set that wants only to sigh over which way that dreamy boy will pop the question, or whether to go sequins or ruffles (or both!) with the dress. >More
 Scream 4 delivers irony but not many jolts

Too self-referential for its own good by half, Scream 4 attempts to reboot the by now completely overworked slasher franchise after an 11-year hiatus. It's not a total embarrassment (that was Scream 3), but it's also a film idea out of time, and out of steam. Blood, they've got plenty of, though. >More
 African Cats goes deep into the animal world

African Cats is a nature documentary that makes something that must have been incredibly difficult look easy. The latest picture from Disneynature, this excellent family movie tells a two-pronged story of a lioness and a mother cheetah caring for their young, despite the threat of fang and claw from other predators on the savanna in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. >More
 Law is irrelevant in the Civil War drama The Conspirator

Midway through the period drama The Conspirator, I wondered: So what? Sure, it's a well-acted, well-designed film, and it tells a story many people probably don't know about Abraham Lincoln's assassination. But director Robert Redford isn't known for being shy about his politics, and I was still waiting for The Message. Then it came. >More
 Super fails to save the day

One template for successful action comedies is Ghostbusters. The film's action sequences and special effects are fine, and mainly they don't get in the way of poised performances and funny writing. Then there is the action comedy Super. >More
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