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Friday the 13th: Slash-back

Friday the 13th director Marcus Nispel clearly understands the fundamentals of his genre better than he did in his 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Here, Nispel doesn't have to worry about violating the spirit of a classic, because the original Friday the 13th was utter crap. But he does prove that he knows why the franchise endures: At its core, it's less about terror than it is about comedy. >More
 Sundance screens Oscar nominees for best 2008 short films

Once again, Sundance Cinemas is screening all the Oscar nominees for Best Live-Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film, a selection culled from around the world, but mostly Europe. Here are brief looks at each of them. >More
 JCVD: Jean-Claude Van Damme, criminal

It's been 10 years since Jean-Claude Van Damme made a movie that got a theatrical release in the United States, and you can see each one of those years in his face, which is slashed with worry lines. >More
 Revolutionary Road: Those soul-crushing burbs

Did Richard Yates write the Great American Novel when nobody was looking? Revolutionary Road, which has now been made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published, back in the early '60s. >More
 I've Loved You So Long: One day at a time

"Who's that?" some of us asked when Kristen Scott Thomas came gliding over a sand dune in The English Patient. >More
 Defiance: Into the woods

"Jews don't fight." "These Jews do." And there you have it, the inspirational message imparted by Defiance, Edward Zwick's based-on-a-true-story movie about the Bielski brothers, who spent World War II holed up in the Belorussian forest with over a thousand of their fellow Jews, killing German soldiers when they had to and sometimes when they didn't have to. >More
 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
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