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MOVIES

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Cut to the chase

As everyone knows, Indiana Jones is back at it again, some 19 years after what some of us thought was The Last Crusade. Everyone's older now -- Spielberg, Lucas, Ford, us. But what really seems old, and rather tired, is the idea itself, that a movie can be devoted almost entirely to thrills and chills. >More
 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian:Back to the land

Forgive me, Aslan, but I wasn't exactly praying for a return to Narnia, that land of beastly enchantment. Nevertheless, here we go again, thanks to The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. To say that this second installment in the global franchise seems quite a bit like the first would be to defy Aslan himself, who tells little Lucy, near the end of the movie, that "things never happen the same way twice." Well, you could have fooled me. >More
 Son of Rambow: Video will set you free

Kids in movies have been allowed (allowed? encouraged!) to overact for so long that I fell in love with Son of Rambow, where the performances are spot-on - out there a bit, rambunctious even, but never treacly, no mousketeering. >More
 Chad Vader Training Video series launched by Blame Society as prelude to TV hopes

Two years ago this summer, Madison-based filmmakers Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda introduced their comedy short series Chad Vader and caught the online video wave just as it started cresting. Since wrapping the first season just over a year ago, fans have been wondering if and when another round of Chad might return. >More
 Secret ingredients abound in the Wis-Kino 2008 Spring Kabaret

With a year of operations under its belt, Sundance Cinemas at Hilldale is showing increased support for the Madison filmmaking community, playing host to the Spring Kabaret held back in April by Wis-Kino back in April, a big departure from its regular monthly home at Escape Java Joint. Twice a year, this group focused on short films holds a festival in which participating filmmakers are challenged to create an original work over the course of a weekend. >More
 Speed Racer: Steering you wrong

Rarely has a movie devoted itself entirely to the depiction of speed...until now. Speed Racer, the new movie version of the Japanese-import cartoon that kept many of us from getting our homework done back in the late '60s and early '70s, lives up to its title more or less every second it's on the screen. >More
 Then She Found Me: Bless this mess

Life is complicated, as we all know, but those complications don't always make it into movies, which like to smooth over the rough spots, streamline the plot. And that's what makes Then She Found Me such a refreshing change of pace -- literally, in the sense that the scenes take their time, but also metaphorically, in the sense that the movie's often as messy as life is. >More
 Priceless: Manhunter

Priceless is another one of those light comedies the French keep sending us - soufflés that sometimes lose a little air on the way over. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but there's nothing particularly right with it either. >More
 Iron Man: Heavy metal

From the Marvel Comics library comes Iron Man, a superhero epic starring Robert Downey Jr. as a weapons designer who, after nearly being killed by a bomb that literally has his name on it, retools himself as a knight in shining armor. Iron not being all that shiny, Downey's suit is sheathed in gold-plated titanium. >More
 Young@Heart: Singing past the graveyard

If you're planning on getting old, you may want to start by checking out Stephen Walker's documentary Young@Heart, because these people have it down. >More
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