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Tuya's Marriage: Divorce, Mongolian style

From here to Timbuktu, you may not find a heroine as resilient as Tuya (Yu Nan), a sheepherder who plies her trade on the vast steppes of Inner Mongolia. Just fetching water for her family is a miles-long ordeal, her husband having permanently injured himself while trying to dig a well. Now, he's a stay-at-home dad who looks after their two kids while Tuya takes care of everything else, even the cooking and cleaning. But something has to give; the family's sliding deeper and deeper into poverty. >More
 The Wackness: Head case

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be, but try telling that to writer-director Jonathan Levine, who's reached all the way back to 1994 for his somewhat autobiographical coming-of-age movie The Wackness. You may have forgotten the words "dope" and "wack." It may have been a while since you started a sentence with "Yo." Your pair of Air Jordans may be long gone or safely tucked away on the top shelf of your closet. But here they all are. >More
 The X-Files: I Want to Believe: Still out there

It's been six long years since Fox Mulder and Dana Scully closed their last X-file, but neither of them appears much worse for wear in their second movie outing, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Show creator Chris Carter, who directed and co-wrote the script, has decided to strip things down this time around - no alien abductions, no Cigarette Smoking Man, no conspiracies involving everybody from J. Edgar Hoover to E.T., just man in all his depravity and the greatest extraterrestrial of them all, God. Luckily, having at least one foot on the ground turns out to be a good thing. If you want to get truly lost, you'll just have to watch Lost. >More
 Bab'Aziz: Desert journey

Mysticism isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word "Islamic" these days; terrorism is. But Islamic mysticism, a.k.a. Sufism, has a long, rich tradition that has nothing to do with flying airplanes into skyscrapers. And director Nacer Khemir would like us to know about it. >More
 Madison Horror Film Festival looks to scare for Halloween

The spectre of costumed crowds taking over downtown is still three months away, but one fan of the scariest of seasons is already planning a new addition to the city's renowned Halloween revelry: the Madison Horror Film Festival. "It's my favorite time of year," says Rich Peterson, who is busy organizing a one-day showcase of independent short and feature-length horror movies this autumn. >More
 48 Hour Film Project returns to Madison for second round of shorts

The scene at Escape Java Joint and Art Gallery was relatively calm on Sunday evening as more than a dozen teams of filmmakers taking part in the 48 Hour Film Project turned in their latest cinematic creations. The national two-day short filmmaking festival returned to Madison for a sophomore year over the weekend, with participants adhering to the deadline-driven spirit of the event to a much higher degree than in its local debut last year. >More
 The Dark Knight: Best Batman ever

In a summer jam-packed with superheroes, Batman has made a couple of smart moves. He's waited until everybody else -- Ironman, The Hulk, Hancock, Hellboy -- exhausted themselves, letting anticipation build. And he's kept things serious, refusing to stoop to comic-book high jinks. If anything, The Dark Knight is even more serious than Batman Begins. >More
 Tell No One: Cherchez la femme

There must be a reasonable explanation, and the French are nothing if not rational. That's what I kept telling myself as Guillaume Canet's Tell No One unfolded on the screen. Actually, it doesn't unfold so much as twist and turn, like dough being shaped into a pretzel. >More
 Kismat Konnection: Hooray for Bollywood

Westgate Art Cinemas tries something a little different with Kismat Konnection, a boy-meets-girl musical fresh off the Bollywood assembly line. Set in Toronto for reasons I never did figure out, the movie stars Indian heartthrob Shadid Kapoor as a budding architect who has a run of bad luck until he meets a community activist played by the lovely Vidya Balan. >More
 Hellboy II: Super Dude

After Iron Man and Hancock, you wouldn't think there's much left to say about superheroes who've neglected to go to finishing school. But now here's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a sequel to 2004's Hellboy, and not only has writer-director Guillermo del Toro come up with something to say, he's said it in so extravagant a way that, if I were Batman, I'd consider holing up in the Batcave until this thing blows over. >More
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