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MOVIES

Death with honor

300, which does its best to re-create the look and feel of Miller's work, one panel at a time, is so awash in homoerotic imagery that you finally just have to ignore it and get on with the business at hand, which is watching the Spartan warriors, uh, thrust their swords into the pliant flesh of their enemies. >More
 Cops and robbers

Police procedurals never go out of style, but rarely do they cut as close to the bone as Le Petit Lieutenant. Set in modern-day Paris, it tells us everything we want to know about how the good guys catch the bad guys. >More
 It's all in his head

Inland Empire is one of those dreamed-I-was-dreaming movies that David Lynch can toss off in his sleep. Clocking in at just under three hours, this is Lynch at his most experimental, casting aside traditional narrative patterns and letting the plot fall where it may. >More
 Grand opening dates set for Sundance 608 in Madison

Movie fans following the construction of the new Sundance Cinemas 608 at Hilldale Mall have only a couple of months more to wait. The public opening is Friday, May 11, with three grand-opening celebration benefits from May 6 to 8. >More
 The hunters and the hunted

We're not likely to find out what Queen Elizabeth thinks about The Queen, nor are we likely to find out what the Zodiac killer thinks about Zodiac, David Fincher's dogged re-creation of the terror he inflicted on the San Francisco Bay Area back in the late '60s and early '70s. But it's hard to believe he wouldn't be pleased. >More
 Rocket Man

The Astronaut Farmer is one of those triumph-of-the-human-spirit movies that make you feel guilty for ever doubting that...well, that the human spirit will triumph in the end. >More
 Good vs. evil

If Masterpiece Theatre was part of the History Channel, it might turn out productions like Amazing Grace, a dramatization of the process by which England relinquished the slave trade exactly 200 years ago. >More
 How to buy an Oscar

To win an Oscar nomination these days, you have to both fan the flames and keep adding fuel to the fire. It's a months-long process that resembles nothing so much as a presidential campaign, complete with primaries (think of the Golden Globes as Super Tuesday) and a continually unheeded call for campaign-finance reform. >More
 Secrets for sale

Breach is a movie about our need to know and our inability to know. Directed by Billy Ray, who took on a strangely similar subject in Shattered Glass, his movie about a writer for The New Republic who started making up articles out of whole cloth, it's a taut little thriller that never resorts to car chases to get our blood pumping. >More
 Iraq in Fragments

Put together by James Longley, who spent months insinuating himself into the various milieus, Iraq in Fragments is an impressionistic look at three 'fragments' of Iraqi society: working-class Sunnis in Baghdad; fundamentalist-Muslim Shiites in Nasiriyah and Najaf; and sheep-farmer Kurds in a village up north. >More
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