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Get the willies all week with Horrorfest at Eastgate

I have been wondering as of late what drives me to consume horror movies like gut-munching zombies consume the entrails of victims who should be able to outrun them or to watch masked villains hacking n' slashing and slicing n' dicing their way through endless supplies of stock characters. >More
 CineFest brings a planet of hip hop to Madison

"CineFest is really diverse with films focused on hip hop culture around the world and films about classic hip hop, contemporary hip hop and spoken word," says Willie Ney of the UW Multicultural Arts Initiative. "The performances range from Chicano-centric to urban hip hop to a female reggaeton artist who, as far as I know, has never played in Madison." >More
 Tales from Planet Earth opens before an eager Madison

"Looks like Madison was ready to have an environmental film festival," declares Gregg Mitman to an overflowing crowd at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night. The entire lower level of the auditorium is filled for the kickoff of Tales from Planet Earth, a free showcase of nearly two dozen movies that tell stories about the environment and how humanity interacts with and depicts our shared world. In fact, hundreds of people stand outside in a line running down State Street, waiting for a chance to get in for a talk by writer Bill McKibben and a screening of Everything's Cool, a documentary about the political battle over global warming. >More
 American Gangster: It ought to be a crime

American Gangster wanted to be a masterpiece so bad there was almost no way it was going to get the job done. And sure enough, it just kind of lies there, like an embalmed corpse. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, two of our most implosive actors, star in this crime epic set in New York City during the Vietnam War, when the heroin trade got a shot in the arm from the poppy fields of Southeast Asia. >More
 Body of War: In the line of fire

Two days after 9/11, Tomas Young contacted an Army recruiter and asked to be sent to Afghanistan to hunt down the evildoers. But by the time he shipped out, Iraq had replaced Afghanistan in the administration's thoughts. And a little over a week after arriving in Iraq, in March 2004, Young was shot just beneath the collar bone and paralyzed for life - a tough break made all the tougher by the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction anywhere to be found. >More
 The Darjeeling Limited: Train wreck

I can honestly say I tried to climb aboard The Darjeeling Limited. I've enjoyed Wes Anderson's other films, even The Life Aquatic, which other critics thought was the first time Anderson's esthetic - combining whimsy and melancholy in sadly amusing tales about broken families - let him down. I think this is the first time. >More
 Docuweek at Sundance: Strange by true

Larry Flynt, Ariel Dorfman, the Japanese invasion of Nanking in the early days of World War II, the Dominican Republic's exploitation of dispossessed Haitians in its production of sugarcane - if any of these subjects interest you, you'll want to look into Docuweek, a collection of films screening Nov. 2-8 at Sundance Cinemas. >More
 Madison's Richard Ganoung stars in the newly restored classic of gay cinema, Parting Glances

For Madison actor Richard Ganoung, time flies. "Oh my god, I can't believe it was more than 20 years ago!" he says of the first release of Parting Glances, the crucial 1986 film about gay New Yorkers beset by AIDS. Ganoung starred in Parting Glances with John Bolger and Kathy Kinney, the Stevens Point native famous for playing the brash Mimi on The Drew Carey Show -- along with an up-and-coming young actor by the name of Steve Buscemi. >More
 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: The outlaw as star

As titles go, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a bit of a mouthful. Evoking the flowery rhetoric of the time, it reads like a headline from a newspaper that was partial to the James Gang during its ransacking of the American heartland back in the 1860s and 1870s. >More
 Into the Wild: A good way to die

Despite a book and now a movie about him, Christopher McCandless will always remain something of an enigma -- the guy who, fresh out of college, gave away all his savings, tore up his credit cards and set out to discover America and/or himself, only to die of starvation, two years later, in the Alaskan wilderness. What must he have been thinking? >More
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