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The Hurt Locker: Bomb squad

The hybridization of art house and action doesn't happen all that often, but it should, if mashing the two genres makes for film as riveting and rattling as The Hurt Locker. >More
 Jeff 'The Dude' Dowd talks movies, Madison, and the Mallards

"Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude." The voiceover drawled in the opening sequence of The Big Lebowski couldn't have been more prescient about the cult of fandom that has flowered around both the movie and the man who inspired the iconic character, Jeff Dowd. >More
 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is not urgent enough

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince would rather flush pink with its lovesick teens than forward-thrust toward the mammoth battle of good vs. evil. >More
 Moon: Lonely out there

But where 2001, so maddening and inscrutable, wanted to blow your mind (R.I.P., 1968), Moon wants to explore the less exotic of inner space. >More
 Brüno doesn't rise to Borat's satiric heights

Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno, which follows 2002's mostly overlooked Ali G Indahouse and 2006's hugely successful Borat, is a lot like its rampantly gay, Viennese protagonist: The film may have only the best of intentions, but it tries way too hard and ends up being shallow, superficial and only sporadically funny. >More
 Beyond movies

It used to be that you'd go to the movies to...see a movie. Maybe neck. Who has time for that now, when you go to have drinks or a fine meal before an eye-popping 3-D IMAX "experience," or even see a live performance in real time as it's performed half a continent away? >More
 Public Enemies: Not quite money in the bank

Man, you should have seen that party. Tuesday evening at the downtown Hilton, revelers celebrating the premiere of Public Enemies wore 1930s clothes and laughed and clinked cocktail glasses. Outside the fete, which benefited Film Wisconsin and Arts Wisconsin, passersby ogled beautiful vintage cars, on one of which a guy wearing spats leaned cinematically. >More
 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen brings more noise

Michael Bay's follow-up to his international smash hit of 2007 ups the ante on big and dumb. His new Transformers movie, whose extraterrestrials are based on the Hasbro toys which can morph from cars and other prosaic metal objects into awesome fighting machines, aims for impact over sense, clobbering viewers with its sensory overload and bludgeoning us into weary submission. >More
 The Proposal: My boss, my wife

Only rarely do romantic comedies reinvent the wheel, which is why whole decades passed between Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally... and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The Proposal is just another studio product, which means it rises or falls on the likability of the leads. >More
 Tyson: Down for the count

In the ring, boxer Mike Tyson was flat-out terrifying, his lightning-fast limbs corded like banyan trees, his face a lumpy, horrifying mask of endless hate. But in the end, "Kid Dynamite," the WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World, blew himself up. It's a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare, or at least Hollywood. >More
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