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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
 We Own the Night: My brother the crook

Writer-director James Gray might want to lay off on the writing part for a while. His films - Little Odessa, The Yards and now We Own the Night - have a lot going for them, but the scripts just aren't there. The dialogue seems borrowed from older, better movies, and you can almost hear the plots creak. >More
 Minute-by-minute at the Wis-Kino Fall 2007 Kabaret

One of the great things about Kabarets is their collaborative nature. You can work alone, but most participants prefer to work with at least a few other people. This allows for a more manageable individual workload and, in general, is just more fun. >More
 The Wis-Kino 2007 Fall Kabaret kicks off with scary flicks

"Scary/Halloween" was the optional theme for the kickoff screening, a popular topic that's a perennial favorite for the group's October gatherings. There were seven films shown on Thursday, most of which incorporated the spooky season element in one way or another, though most typically with a comedic bent. >More
 The Rape of Europa

I'd always heard Adolf Hitler referred to as a failed painter, but I'd never realized just how resentful he was about it until I saw The Rape of Europa, a documentary about the role that art and architecture played in his thinking. >More
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