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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
 Slumdog Millionaire: Quiz show

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, which seems to pick up a new raft of critics' awards just about every day, is a mad, thrilling and perversely luminous film. >More
 The Day the Earth Stood Still: Keanu barada nikto

When word went out that this remake of Robert Wise's sci-fi classic was in the works, a hue and cry arose from those who have kept watching the skies since the golden age of the Cold War-era science-fiction film. Admittedly, I was among those whose first thought was, "Why?" and whose second thought was, "Keanu Reeves?!" Seriously, it didn't sound like a smart move in any direction when announced, and, unsurprisingly, this loud, hammy and, above all, pointless do-over only serves to point out the genius of the original. >More
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