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Last Chance Harvey: Only the lonely

Audiences weren't exactly clamoring for Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson to make a movie together, but here they are, as a Mr. and Miss Lonely-hearts destined to complete each other across The Pond. Syrupy if not all the way to schmaltzy, Last Chance Harvey is a Nora Ephron film in everything but name. Instead, the name's Joel Hopkins, who wrote and directed and somehow convinced a pair of Oscar winners to star in it. >More
 The Zombeatles: All You Need Is Brains is a tasty movie morsel for Madison

The Zombeatles have got a fever, and the only prescription... is more braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss! This undead band also known as the Fab Gore is no stranger to flesh, blood, and rock 'n' roll, and their exploits are featured up close and tasty in a new documentary that premieres in Madison on Friday, January 23. >More
 The Wrestler: Mickey Rourke toughens up

We all remember Mickey Rourke, the scruffy pretty-boy who whispered his way through Diner, Rumble Fish and 9 1/2 Weeks. Rourke was the James Dean of the 1980s; every decade's good for at least one. But he had an acting style all his own -- shy, yet sly, purring his lines like a cat angling for a bowl of milk. >More
 Feed the Fish set to shoot in Door County with producer and star Tony Shalhoub

In February, Madison filmmaker Nicholas Langholff will begin production on Feed the Fish, a romantic comedy set in Door County. Langholff is co-producing the film with Tony Shalhoub, the Emmy-winning star of Monk who will commence shooting on the eighth-and-final season of the program this spring. Shalhoub will also star in the film, along with veteran character actor Seymour Cassel. >More
 Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood is perfect in latest role

Nick Schenk's Gran Torino screenplay wasn't written with Clint Eastwood in mind as the film's star and director, but you'd never guess it. >More
 Valkyrie: Failed plot

We all know how it ends, and that foreknowledge dooms Brian Singer's hotly anticipated and much troubled account of the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life by his own officers in July 1944. >More
 Doubt: Power struggle

Playwright John Patrick Shanley adapted his Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play Doubt for the movies and also decided to direct the film -- an activity he hasn't pursued since his one other directorial effort in 1990, the ill-received Joe Versus the Volcano. The cast he gathered for Doubt is peerless, and, if nothing else, this assemblage is always a pleasure to watch. >More
 Blame Society Productions launches Chad Vader Season 2

Fans of Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager are getting a special gift this Christmas Day with an announcement from Blame Society Productions that a new season of the popular online video series inspired by Star Wars will be premiering in the new year. >More
 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: The march of time

What's the movie trying to say other than it's always sad to grow old, no matter which direction you do it in? What exactly does Benjamin Button represent? >More
 The Reader: Strange little movie

Yet another movie about good little Nazis, The Reader at least wrestles with the notion of Germany's guilt and responsibility for its war atrocities. Based on Bernhard Schlink's novel, it's a strange little movie -- sort of Summer of '42 meets She Wolves of the SS. >More
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