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Monster invades Madison! Eric Lim previews Zero Trooper-F

Aliens, monsters, and natural disasters have been leveling great cities on the big screen for decades, their depredations to some of our best-known landmarks a testament to filmgoers' continuous interest in spectacular destruction as well as to the ongoing development of special effects. A place called Greenside City that looks suspiciously like Madison gets this special treatment in the new movie Zero Trooper-F. >More
 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Abortion, totalitarian- style

I once talked someone who was very close to me into an abortion. She was between husbands, not for the first time, and she already had three kids, the oldest of whom was 8. I just didn't see how she could manage another child, so I did a sales job on her. I told her it was a simple procedure, that she'd be back to normal in a day or so, that she wouldn't burn in hell. I even set up her first appointment. >More
 The Wis-Kino 2008 Spring Kabaret kicks off with angst, popsicles, and war

Patrons of Sundance Cinemas catching a flick on Friday night were greeted with a selection of local films when Wis-Kino held the kickoff to its Spring Kabaret at the year-old moviehouse at Hilldale Mall. The short filmmaking and screening group has been keeping the spirit of independent and spontaneous cinema alive in Madison since its founding over five years ago, and was invited by Sundance to hold its annual spring celebration at the theater this weekend. >More
 Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?: Fact-finding mission

I remember, right after 9/11, when we were told that Osama Bin Laden, "the evil one," had holed up in a cave somewhere in Tora Bora. It seemed like only a matter of time before the most powerful country in the world tracked him down and brought him to justice. But here we are, nearly seven years later, and except when he decides to make one himself, there's no sign of the guy. >More
 Girls Rock!:I scream, you scream

"Hit it hard, like you're killing something," a counselor tells one of the drummers in Girls Rock!, Shane King and Arne Johnson's thrashing documentary about the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Ore. >More
 Music videos make for a party at the Wis-Kino screening in March

One of the most popular and best attended screenings for Wis-Kino each year is that featuring music videos. Local filmmakers respond with gusto to the optional theme, sharing everything from spoofs to short works set to tunes by Madison bands to more experimental twists on the concept. Due to ongoing winter weather headaches, this year's screening was rescheduled and the audience was thinner than usual. There were still fun music videos to be found there, though. >More
 Finding love and sex at the February screening for Wis-Kino

The record-breaking weather over this past winter played havoc on Wis-Kino, the short filmmaking group based in Madison. Heavy snows struck multiple screenings in the early part of the year, including its annual Valentine's Day-themed screening, originally scheduled for February 17. A storm derailed this original date, but that didn't stop the love or cinema as the screening was simply rescheduled to a later date. >More
 The Counterfeiters: Faking it

What we call the moral compass often fails to operate in the fog of war. This is the subject of the Austrian film The Counterfeiters, winner of this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Film. >More
 Chapter 27

It's déjà vu all over again. The ink still isn't dry on my review of The Killing of John Lennon, which purported to take us deep inside the disturbed mind of Mark David Chapman, and now here's Chapter 27, which purports to do the same. I regret to say it doesn't find very much on its exploratory mission, having neglected to take along a flashlight. Of course, neither did The Killing of John Lennon. We all want to know why Chapman, a huge Lennon fan, felt compelled to kill the thing he loved, but we may never get a satisfactory answer, least of all from Chapman, who kept going on about Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger's novel about the world's most sensitive bullshit detector. >More
 Smart People

Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid), a widowed professor of Victorian literature at Carnegie Mellon, is the central "smart person" in Smart People. He's a guy who would be able to spell "dysfunctional" with ease but never recognize the word as a description of himself and his family. Lawrence is acerbic and demanding, yet wholly uninterested in his students, family and career. He's remote toward his two nearly grown children, James (Ashton Holmes) and Vanessa (Ellen Page), a high school senior whose character traits are even worse than her old man's. >More
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