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Rooftop Cinema returns for a fifth summer of avant-garde films atop MMoCA

For Hollwood, summer is the time to start showing fluff. But for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, it's the time to start showing challenging avant-garde films that few people have ever heard of. The fifth annual Rooftop Cinema series begins on Friday, June 4, on the museum's rooftop sculpture garden. >More
 Sex and the City 2 is out of touch with the times

In an early scene of Sex and the City 2, a singing and dancing Liza Minnelli makes a cameo appearance. I'm sorry to report that her performance seems a lot like HBO's beloved franchise these days: tired and a little out of tune. >More
 Casino Jack and the United States of Money takes on notorious lobbyist

Two hours with Casino Jack and the United States of Money, a takedown of überlobbyist Jack Abramoff, won't reassure anyone of the nobleness of spirit of Washington, D.C.'s major players. Documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is a showman and a bit of a sensationalist, a 21st-century muckraker laying waste to society's rotten apples, who all too commonly also happen to be the ruling class. >More
 Police, Adjective debates 'law' and 'conscience'

It's rare that a film screens in Madison multiple times before it begins a theatrical run here. In recent months the Romanian film Police, Adjective was presented at the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Romanian Film Festival, and it also showed up in a Memorial Union screening. I mention this by way of saying that there's been a lot of buzz about this film, and about the thriving Romanian film scene that produced it. >More
 The Secret in Their Eyes: The bad old days

Like Police, Adjective, the Argentinean film The Secret in Their Eyes is set in a country still sorting out its repressive past. But unlike the Romanian film, The Secret in Their Eyes, which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar, depicts the repression. >More
 The Good Heart: Eternal mysteries

The Good Heart is one of those quirky indie quasi-comedies in which characters behave inexplicably, and shame on me for wondering why. >More
 Russell Crowe's Robin Hood lacks conviction

At times Robin Hood feels like a training film for the Tea Party movement. There is much talk of tyranny and liberty. "We'll only serve a law we had a hand in making," complains an English baron at an angry outdoor meeting that features much shouting and bitterness. >More
 The Art of the Steal tells of a collection's hijacking

Don Argott's engrossing documentary makes no bones about its allegiances. The Art of the Steal bills itself, after all, as "the true story of a multibillion-dollar heist and how they got away with it." >More
 Iron Man 2 doesn't stint on the fun

If you've never visited the Unisphere, you should. A sprawling plaza in Queens, N.Y., is the site of the 12-story model Earth, a vestige of the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. It's wonderful. It also is the key to a profound secret of physics, hidden in plain view. That, anyway, is a premise of Iron Man 2, the charmingly goofy superhero movie that brings back Robert Downey Jr.'s antsy, winningly eccentric performance as the title badass. >More
 Hirohito's Japan gives up in The Sun

In times of crisis, it's important to stick to your routines. This much I take from The Sun, Russian director Alexander Sokurov's film about Emperor Hirohito (Issei Ogata), who ruled amid Japan's aggression and defeat in World War II. >More
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