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An 84-year-old man learns to read in The First Grader

The First Grader is being distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, and, as you might expect, it is gorgeous to behold. The arid Kenyan landscapes are stunningly photographed, and so are the images of bustling Kinshasha. Extras have a way of breaking out into exuberant dances, and these sequences are lovely. >More
 Army of one: Making a movie for the 2011 48 Hour Film Project: Madison

The café is teeming with teams of filmmaking geeks of all ages, creeds, colors and sizes, but I am an army of one. My usual gang of would-be filmmakers (friends, neighbors, family) are mostly away or busy for the weekend so I am basically going it alone. >More
 Special kid-friendly movie screenings: July 15 - 21

The summer months bring some special movie-going opportunities for the short set. >More
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a satisfying end to the saga

If you've followed the cinematic adventures of Harry Potter, it's hard to imagine how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 could fail. The series that began as an investment in J.K. Rowling's remarkable hero-quest narrative evolved, over the course of seven films, into something else: an investment in the coming of age of the three young actors at their center. >More
 Religious and family conflict sear Incendies

In the French-Canadian Incendies, the secrets of a mother who was emotionally distant and not well understood by her children during her lifetime are unearthed after her death, and the children's horrifying discoveries can never be rebottled or unlearned. >More
 The Music Never Stopped depicts 1960s tunes' healing power

Parents of teenagers traditionally loathe the music their kids like. But what if your teenager disappeared, and playing that music magically brought him back? That's the premise of The Music Never Stopped, a poignant, funny film about a rebellious kid and his inflexible dad, and about music's inexplicable power. >More
 Grief drives a man to the truth in Beginners

"You think you're you," a man in Beginners tells a dog named Arthur, before breaking it to Arthur, a Jack Russell, that his personality has everything to do with being bred that way. They're just starting out together -- the man has inherited the dog from his dead father -- but true beginnings are well nigh impossible. >More
 Sundance Madison announces Screening Room schedule for summer 2011

Sundance Madison has released its latest Screening Room schedule, so if you've had your fill of summer blockbusters about juvenile moviemakers and men and women in tights, these foreign, indie and documentary films will get you through August. >More
 Transformers: Dark of the Moon doesn't know when enough's enough

During the prologue of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, we learn some revisionist history. The Apollo moon program, it seems, was a response to indications that something had crashed on the moon in 1961. The Apollo 11 astronauts' explorations include a top-secret mission to investigate the wreckage of a spacecraft -- one that carries a powerful piece of Autobot technology. >More
 In a Better World features a mayhem-causing lad

Like Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed and Harvey Stephens in The Omen, William Jøhnk Nielsen makes a terrific rotten kid. As angry Christian, Nielsen stars in the low-key Danish thriller In a Better World, which won the foreign-language Oscar this year. When he's not glowering, he's causing mayhem. >More
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