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Milk: Mayor of Castro Street

Harvey Milk had big ears and a smile that stretched all the way from one to the other. He wasn't conventionally good-looking, and there was an adenoidal quality to his voice that sounded a little like Woody Allen. But there was something about the man that made you want to follow him -- a twinkle in the eye, a sense that behind the semi-respectable faade was a true imp of the perverse. >More
 Cadillac Records: Bluesmen and -women

Cadillac Records looks at postwar Chicago and musicians who gravitated there - Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Chuck Berry and Etta James - and the Chess Records label, which recorded and promoted so much of their work. Although writer/director Darnell Martin's movie plays fast and loose with many of the historical facts, her aim is dead-on in terms of nailing the spirit of the thing. Cadillac Records bobs and weaves, strides and duckwalks, samples and smiles on the sounds that made urban Chicago such a blues melting pot. >More
 Let the Right One In: Bleeding hearts

Knives, fangs and budding desire; corpses in copses and snowbound ire: Ah, young love. Whatever would we do without it? >More
 Bruce Campbell enthralls Madison fans with My Name Is Bruce at Sundance

A Winter Weather Advisory would keep most people in their homes, and would likewise keep most out-of-towners from venturing into Madison. That was not the case on Wednesday night for fans of B-movie icon Bruce Campbell, nor for the man himself, as he hosted four spirited screenings of his new film at Sundance Cinemas. >More
 Bruce Campbell previews My Name is Bruce at Sundance Cinemas

Bruce Campbell is the epitome of the cult actor. With a tremendous debt to his fans, he is now touring the nation in support of My Name Is Bruce. The Daily Page caught up with Campbell for a brief conversation during a break on his tour. >More
 Australia: Marvelous Oz

Who says they don't make 'em like they used to? Australia, which stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman as the Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler of the Land Down Under, is a throwback to the glorious epics of yesteryear, when movies were as big as the whole outdoors. >More
 Synedoche, New York: Let's put on a show

Those of you who've spent your whole lives contemplating your deaths may get a big kick out of Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman's tragicomic slide down the rabbit hole of loneliness and despair. Kaufman, the writer of such Moëbius-strip curios as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (the guy never meta-narrative he didn't like), has moved over to the director's chair. >More
 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A child's view of Auschwitz

I'm not sure there was a big demand to see the Holocaust through the eyes of a child, but that's exactly what we get in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Mark Herman's faithful adaptation of John Boyne's heart-warming, bone-chilling young-adult novel. >More
 Westgate Cinemas fades to black

The first movie I ever saw in Madison was at Westgate Cinemas -- Torch Song Trilogy, with Harvey Fierstein festooned in drag, barking orders at everyone. This was February 1989, and I'd just arrived in town, partly to write about movies, and I was curious to see where I'd be spending a good deal of my time. >More
 Quantum of Solace: Daniel Craig revitalizes the Bond franchise

Forgive me, Sir Roger Moore, but I have forgotten you entirely. Shocking, I know. You used to be so persuasive, so cuttingly urbane, a veritable saint on His Majesty's Secret Service, doling out fisticuffs and dryly sexualized bons mots as though they were some special language all your own. >More
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