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In the Loop depicts government at its worst

Ah, for the days when we invaded countries based on fabricated information. The British political comedy In the Loop finds laughs in spoofing the colossal failures, American and British, that preceded the war in Iraq -- a country that's never named, but it's clear what this is about. >More
 Meet me in the Cinematheque: A Fall 2009 preview

I'm sad summer is ending, but crisp weather also portends the fall's entertainment options. Among them is the new calendar of free films at UW's Cinematheque. It starts Friday and offers weekend screenings at Vilas Hall through December. Did I mention it's free? >More
 Summer Hours: Estate planning

I know exactly what Adrienne, Frédéric and Jérémie are going through. They're the siblings at the heart of Summer Hours, a moving, understated French film, directed by Oliver Assayas of Irma Vep fame, about the thorny problems of death and inheritance. >More
 Taking Woodstock: Peace and music

Taking Woodstock falls squarely within Ang Lee's sweet spot -- maybe not a look at the Woodstock that was, but a fairly charming look at the Woodstock we sort of wish it had been. >More
 Incest Death Squad will pour on the gore

When they're laid off, some people give up. Cory Udler made a feature film. Every auteur begins with a vision, and Udler's vision was of a brother and sister who love each other (in every way) and murder tourists in the name of God. Thus was born Incest Death Squad. >More
 It's Brad Pitt versus the Nazis in Inglourious Basterds

As with puppies and nudity, you can never go wrong by sprinkling a whole mess of dead Nazis in your film, a truism that Quentin Tarantino takes to heart (and, via Louisville Slugger, head) in Inglourious Basterds, an in-name-only remake of the 1978 Enzo Castellari World War II outing. >More
 The Stoning of Soraya M.: Brutal punishment

The Stoning of Soraya M., an impassioned, American-financed drama, is in service to the filmmakers' opposition to the religiously sanctioned stoning of inconvenient or insubordinate Muslim women in Iran and elsewhere. So far, so good. >More
 District 9 is a science-fiction classic

District 9 is a riveting, occasionally violent, often heartbreaking and, above all, socially conscious science fiction film featuring seamlessly integrated CGI effects alongside flat-out perfect performances from its flesh-and-blood actors. And, best of all, it's a love story. >More
 Bandslam: High school musical

From the beginning of time, or at least the roots of rock 'n' roll, outcast teens have found comfort and companionship in music when neither is to be had in their peer circle. >More
 Departures laughs at death

There's something discomfiting about the American funeral business. Smooth funeral directors, their careful euphemisms, their graveside AstroTurf -- they can make the already difficult process of mourning downright surreal. >More
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