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MOVIES

Lions for Lambs: Won't get fooled again

"I wanted to express my own feelings about my country and where it is," Robert Redford has said about Lions for Lambs, which he produced, directed and stars in. And to his credit, those feelings are more complex than we might have expected from someone who clearly wanted to get something off his chest. >More
 Martian Child: Space case

John Cusack is shaping up as the Gene Hackman of his generation, an actor who radiates inner calm even when his characters are going out of their minds. It makes him very easy to be around, and it comes in handy in Martian Child, where he plays a guy whose bottomless patience is constantly being tested. >More
 Lake of Fire:Pro- and anti-

Short of banning sex altogether, there may not be much we can do to resolve the abortion debate in this country, because both sides are dug in for the long haul. But one of the refreshing things about Tony Kaye's thought-provoking documentary Lake of Fire is that it makes you realize there aren't just two sides to the debate. There are myriad sides, each of them coming at the fundamental questions of life from its own slightly different angle. >More
 Vanaja: Dance little sister

In Vanaja, a 14-year-old girl (Mamatha Bhukya) tries to maneuver through India's caste system, only to discover that it's a maze with no exits. >More
 Get the willies all week with Horrorfest at Eastgate

I have been wondering as of late what drives me to consume horror movies like gut-munching zombies consume the entrails of victims who should be able to outrun them or to watch masked villains hacking n' slashing and slicing n' dicing their way through endless supplies of stock characters. >More
 CineFest brings a planet of hip hop to Madison

"CineFest is really diverse with films focused on hip hop culture around the world and films about classic hip hop, contemporary hip hop and spoken word," says Willie Ney of the UW Multicultural Arts Initiative. "The performances range from Chicano-centric to urban hip hop to a female reggaeton artist who, as far as I know, has never played in Madison." >More
 Tales from Planet Earth opens before an eager Madison

"Looks like Madison was ready to have an environmental film festival," declares Gregg Mitman to an overflowing crowd at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night. The entire lower level of the auditorium is filled for the kickoff of Tales from Planet Earth, a free showcase of nearly two dozen movies that tell stories about the environment and how humanity interacts with and depicts our shared world. In fact, hundreds of people stand outside in a line running down State Street, waiting for a chance to get in for a talk by writer Bill McKibben and a screening of Everything's Cool, a documentary about the political battle over global warming. >More
 American Gangster: It ought to be a crime

American Gangster wanted to be a masterpiece so bad there was almost no way it was going to get the job done. And sure enough, it just kind of lies there, like an embalmed corpse. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, two of our most implosive actors, star in this crime epic set in New York City during the Vietnam War, when the heroin trade got a shot in the arm from the poppy fields of Southeast Asia. >More
 Body of War: In the line of fire

Two days after 9/11, Tomas Young contacted an Army recruiter and asked to be sent to Afghanistan to hunt down the evildoers. But by the time he shipped out, Iraq had replaced Afghanistan in the administration's thoughts. And a little over a week after arriving in Iraq, in March 2004, Young was shot just beneath the collar bone and paralyzed for life - a tough break made all the tougher by the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction anywhere to be found. >More
 The Darjeeling Limited: Train wreck

I can honestly say I tried to climb aboard The Darjeeling Limited. I've enjoyed Wes Anderson's other films, even The Life Aquatic, which other critics thought was the first time Anderson's esthetic - combining whimsy and melancholy in sadly amusing tales about broken families - let him down. I think this is the first time. >More
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