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Police, Adjective debates 'law' and 'conscience'

It's rare that a film screens in Madison multiple times before it begins a theatrical run here. In recent months the Romanian film Police, Adjective was presented at the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Romanian Film Festival, and it also showed up in a Memorial Union screening. I mention this by way of saying that there's been a lot of buzz about this film, and about the thriving Romanian film scene that produced it. >More
 The Secret in Their Eyes: The bad old days

Like Police, Adjective, the Argentinean film The Secret in Their Eyes is set in a country still sorting out its repressive past. But unlike the Romanian film, The Secret in Their Eyes, which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar, depicts the repression. >More
 The Good Heart: Eternal mysteries

The Good Heart is one of those quirky indie quasi-comedies in which characters behave inexplicably, and shame on me for wondering why. >More
 Russell Crowe's Robin Hood lacks conviction

At times Robin Hood feels like a training film for the Tea Party movement. There is much talk of tyranny and liberty. "We'll only serve a law we had a hand in making," complains an English baron at an angry outdoor meeting that features much shouting and bitterness. >More
 The Art of the Steal tells of a collection's hijacking

Don Argott's engrossing documentary makes no bones about its allegiances. The Art of the Steal bills itself, after all, as "the true story of a multibillion-dollar heist and how they got away with it." >More
 Iron Man 2 doesn't stint on the fun

If you've never visited the Unisphere, you should. A sprawling plaza in Queens, N.Y., is the site of the 12-story model Earth, a vestige of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. It's wonderful. It also is the key to a profound secret of physics, hidden in plain view. That, anyway, is a premise of Iron Man 2, the charmingly goofy superhero movie that brings back Robert Downey Jr.'s antsy, winningly eccentric performance as the title badass. >More
 Hirohito's Japan gives up in The Sun

In times of crisis, it's important to stick to your routines. This much I take from The Sun, Russian director Alexander Sokurov's film about Emperor Hirohito (Issei Ogata), who ruled amid Japan's aggression and defeat in World War II. >More
 Thrills, chills and author talks in The Eclipse

Despite early promise, Aidan Quinn never broke through to superstardom. But I'm glad he's still playing interesting roles, like the raging author Nicholas in the Irish supernatural drama The Eclipse. >More
 City Island is busy to the point of exhaustion

The manic family comedy City Island aims to be a sort of opéra bouffe sung in the key of the Bronx -- well, City Island, to be exact, a tiny, scenic fishing village improbably plunked down in New York's uppermost borough. >More
 UW Union eliminates film series

Starlight Cinema, the Wisconsin Union Directorate's 35-year-old avant-garde/experimental film series, is kaput. The WUD Film Committee is discontinuing it along with the rest of its series, including Real to Reel (its middling documentary series), International Cinema (maddeningly spotty) and Midnight Movies, all of which called the Memorial Union's Fredric March Play Circle home. The committee will still show movies, but no longer break them into series. >More
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