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Food, Inc. takes an alarmist look at what we eat

Food, Inc. reminds me of someone I knew in college. At the dining hall, just as I'd be cutting into a piece of poultry, she'd ask, "Do you want to learn how that chicken died?" I'd answer: Yes, but maybe not while I'm eating it. >More
 Funny People: Beyond genitals

Judd Apatow, of course, has built a mini movie empire on dick jokes, and Funny People, the writer-director's bid at something more grownup than Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin, just as obsessively tugs at the male genitalia for laughs. >More
 (500) Days of Summer is an un-love story

"You should know upfront: This is not a love story," (500) Days of Summer's omniscient narrator warns us. The film then lays out the pop-cultural obsessions and core-rocking events that define the He and She of this un-love story, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel). >More
 The Hurt Locker: Bomb squad

The hybridization of art house and action doesn't happen all that often, but it should, if mashing the two genres makes for film as riveting and rattling as The Hurt Locker. >More
 Jeff 'The Dude' Dowd talks movies, Madison, and the Mallards

"Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude." The voiceover drawled in the opening sequence of The Big Lebowski couldn't have been more prescient about the cult of fandom that has flowered around both the movie and the man who inspired the iconic character, Jeff Dowd. >More
 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is not urgent enough

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince would rather flush pink with its lovesick teens than forward-thrust toward the mammoth battle of good vs. evil. >More
 Moon: Lonely out there

But where 2001, so maddening and inscrutable, wanted to blow your mind (R.I.P., 1968), Moon wants to explore the less exotic of inner space. >More
 Brüno doesn't rise to Borat's satiric heights

Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno, which follows 2002's mostly overlooked Ali G Indahouse and 2006's hugely successful Borat, is a lot like its rampantly gay, Viennese protagonist: The film may have only the best of intentions, but it tries way too hard and ends up being shallow, superficial and only sporadically funny. >More
 Beyond movies

It used to be that you'd go to the movies to...see a movie. Maybe neck. Who has time for that now, when you go to have drinks or a fine meal before an eye-popping 3-D IMAX "experience," or even see a live performance in real time as it's performed half a continent away? >More
 Public Enemies: Not quite money in the bank

Man, you should have seen that party. Tuesday evening at the downtown Hilton, revelers celebrating the premiere of Public Enemies wore 1930s clothes and laughed and clinked cocktail glasses. Outside the fete, which benefited Film Wisconsin and Arts Wisconsin, passersby ogled beautiful vintage cars, on one of which a guy wearing spats leaned cinematically. >More
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