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Community Cinema at Madison Public Library, Spotlight Cinema at MMoCA

Although Madison lost the UW's beloved Starlight Cinema series earlier this year, local cinephiles are gaining two new series. >More
 The stakes aren't clear in Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Perhaps it's the exquisite boredom of lazy afternoons, or maybe it's just the effects of the warm weather, but summer has a way of breeding mischief. Mischief breaks out in Anton Chekhov's The Duel, a languorous costume drama set during a hot summer in the Caucasus. And then mischief leads to mayhem. >More
 Rob Reiner's gimmicky Flipped has its charms

That Flipped works at all is no small wonder, and if that sounds like a backhanded compliment, you're right on the money. So is this: It's Rob Reiner's best film in a decade. Just look at the competition: The Bucket List, Rumor Has It..., Alex & Emma. >More
 Danny Trejo is the new Bronson in Machete

Machete has been a long time coming, and the so-called Mexploitation film gets an extra kick from the American political climate. This revenge film's roots go back to co-director Robert Rodriguez's first employment of Danny Trejo, the titular Machete, on the film Desperado. >More
 A killer searches for his soul in The American

Usually, when people talk about a movie feeling "European," it's not exactly a compliment. It's shorthand for languid pacing, character-based drama, maybe a few casually naked boobs and a general lack of Hollywood conventionality. The American feels very much like the product of people who want to make a "European"-style movie. >More
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 UW Cinematheque screens Kurosawa, Errol Morris, and more in fall 2010 program

The fall 2010 schedule at UW Cinematheque is full of hooks. 2010 is the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa's birth, so what better occasion for a series? >More
 With its fine cast, Get Low is strange perfection

You need only see Get Low for absolute proof that there remain at least three reasons -- Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray -- to switch off your home theater and get out into a real one. Set in Depression-era backwoods Tennessee, Get Low begins and ends with a crotchety, shotgun-wielding misanthrope by the name of Felix Bush, who has erected a "No Damn Trespassers" sign on the edge of his forest-shrouded property. >More
 Restrepo documents grueling warfare in Afghanistan

Restrepo is an example of photojournalism at its finest. The film chronicles the grueling 15-month deployment in Afghanistan of about a dozen U.S. soldiers of the Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade. >More
 Jennifer Aniston is a genre unto herself in The Switch

Hollywood's biological clock must be ticking something fierce. The Switch is the third artificial-insemination romantic comedy of the summer thus far, after The Back-up Plan and The Kids are All Right. Based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides, The Switch is amiable fluff that takes its time learning how to walk, talk and act like the kid-centric romantic comedy that it is. >More
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