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Soul Power: Spotlight on James Brown

There are a lot of mind-blowing moments in Soul Power, the documentary about a 1974 music festival that brought James Brown, B.B. King and other greats to Zaire. >More
 Tales from Planet Earth 2009 film fest returns with broad community ambitions

This year's expanded edition of Tales from Planet Earth represents a significant leap in ambition. Driven by the strong attendance of two years ago, plans for the 2009 festival have grown to set almost double the number of films on a cornerstone theme of "Justice." Tales 2 also engages in close partnerships with nine community organizations. >More
 'The War at Home,' Part 2

Almost three decades after leaving Madison to chase his ambitions, Glenn Silber returns this week for a 30th anniversary screening of The War at Home and the world premiere of his new documentary, Labor Day. The film represents a return to the progressive roots Silber put down in Madison as a UW student and to his independence as a filmmaker. >More
 A Serious Man retells the Job story

Embrace paradox; accept life's mysteries. These are some of the things that serious men learn. God owes us bupkis in the way of answers. With A Serious Man, the Coen brothers have made one of their best and most personal movies. It is rich with ideas and packed with the sort of existential jokes that tickle the Coen boys so. >More
 Cold Souls: Life swap

In Cold Souls, an actor named Paul Giamatti smells different, and his skin feels somehow scaly to his wife, Claire. She wants to know what's wrong with him, why the man in bed next to her looks and sounds like her husband, but doesn't seem to have his spirit, his essential Paul-ness. >More
 Where the Wild Things Are not

Like any good myth, Where the Wild Things Are has lessons to teach, but also ambiguities. To his credit, director Spike Jonze retains ambiguities in his film version, which he wrote with Gen-X literary icon Dave Eggers. But given the book's austerity, the film has quite a few gaps to fill, even at a brief hour and 34 minutes. >More
 Bright Star chronicles a poetic romance

Bright Star is romantic. It is comic. And it is very sad. If you know anything about the tubercular John Keats, you can guess how this story ends. >More
 Under Our Skin: Epidemic proportions

My favorite documentaries are by filmmakers like Frederick Wiseman and Barbara Kopple, who let the cameras roll as interesting people go about their interesting lives. The resulting films feel emotionally true and, often, satisfyingly ambiguous. >More
 Whip It: Skating party

Drew Barrymore's directing debut, Whip It, based on a screenplay about women's roller derby by Shauna Cross, teems with girl-power spirit and exudes an all-encompassing benevolence. >More
 Capitalism: A Love Story: Filthy lucre

The aspects of Michael Moore's filmmaking that we have come to embrace over the years -- his prominent roles as sloppy court jester and self-appointed spokesman for the American people -- are the very things that get him into trouble in his new documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story. >More
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