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Anvil! is a touching documentary about a flailing band

Anvil! is strongly reminiscent of Spinal Tap, between the absurd stage theatrics, the heavy-metal hair, the bickering. Anvil! even has Stonehenge -- the real Stonehenge, though, not Spinal Tap's scale model. >More
 The Informant!: Exclamation point

Although The Informant!'s screenplay is based on Kurt Eichenwald's book of the same name, the movie's addition of an exclamation point to its title is revealing. >More
 Adam dramatizes the struggles of Asperger's syndrome

The Asperger's syndrome-themed romantic comedy Adam reminds me of the ABC Afterschool Special films of my 1980s youth. I mostly mean that as a compliment. >More
 9: The machines won

Co-produced by Tim Burton, 9 is a beautifully animated but narratively compromised fable. It's hard to tell what the moral message is, other than "It's good to work together to achieve your goals" or "Don't press random buttons unless you know what they might do." >More
 In the Loop depicts government at its worst

Ah, for the days when we invaded countries based on fabricated information. The British political comedy In the Loop finds laughs in spoofing the colossal failures, American and British, that preceded the war in Iraq -- a country that's never named, but it's clear what this is about. >More
 Meet me in the Cinematheque: A Fall 2009 preview

I'm sad summer is ending, but crisp weather also portends the fall's entertainment options. Among them is the new calendar of free films at UW's Cinematheque. It starts Friday and offers weekend screenings at Vilas Hall through December. Did I mention it's free? >More
 Summer Hours: Estate planning

I know exactly what Adrienne, Frédéric and Jérémie are going through. They're the siblings at the heart of Summer Hours, a moving, understated French film, directed by Oliver Assayas of Irma Vep fame, about the thorny problems of death and inheritance. >More
 Taking Woodstock: Peace and music

Taking Woodstock falls squarely within Ang Lee's sweet spot -- maybe not a look at the Woodstock that was, but a fairly charming look at the Woodstock we sort of wish it had been. >More
 Incest Death Squad will pour on the gore

When they're laid off, some people give up. Cory Udler made a feature film. Every auteur begins with a vision, and Udler's vision was of a brother and sister who love each other (in every way) and murder tourists in the name of God. Thus was born Incest Death Squad. >More
 It's Brad Pitt versus the Nazis in Inglourious Basterds

As with puppies and nudity, you can never go wrong by sprinkling a whole mess of dead Nazis in your film, a truism that Quentin Tarantino takes to heart (and, via Louisville Slugger, head) in Inglourious Basterds, an in-name-only remake of the 1978 Enzo Castellari World War II outing. >More
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