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MOVIES

Animal attraction

Well, I thought I'd seen it all. And maybe I have, now. Robinson Devor's strangely moving documentary, Zoo, takes us to a dark, dank place most of us haven't been to before but all of us have contemplated, if only through the erotic provocations of art. From Leda and the Swan to Naomi Watts and King Kong, bestiality has been portrayed as not necessarily all that beastly, but actual humans having actual sex with actual animals? >More
 Oh, grow up

Boys will be boys, and so will men, given half the chance, which is why writer-director Judd Apatow will never be out of a job. >More
 Rooftop Cinema returns to Madison

"I've attended a lot of avant garde screenings in Madison in the last six years, and it's rare that over forty people show up to any one screening," says Tom Yoshikami, a graduate student at UW-Madison who works as a programmer for UW Cinematheque and the Wisconsin Film Festival. >More
 Robert Redford pops into Sundance Cinemas 608

During my conversation with Redford, he surprised me by bringing up 19th century philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. >More
 Kill if you must

Serial killers are a dime a dozen in Mr. Brooks. It's an often beguiling but essentially ludicrous movie that flirts with the idea that the urge to kill is just another one of the pesky addiction problems that plague modern society. >More
 We'll always have Paris

Love is the unifying theme in Paris, Je T'Aime, an anthology film in which 18 teams of filmmakers were assigned to make a five- or six-minute narrative short about a separate Parisian neighborhood. The producers go out of their way to avoid cliché. Once we get past the Paris-Love equation, the choice of collaborators is surprisingly fresh. >More
 Boys' club

The concept for Gracie was developed by Andrew Shue and director Davis Guggenheim, who were inspired by the true story of the Shue family (Elisabeth and Andrew both act in the film, and Guggenheim is Elisabeth's husband). To honor the family's story, Gracie is earnest and loving, but that doesn't make for a good movie. >More
 George Lucas picks Chad Vader as best fan film

One of the many weekend highlights of Celebration IV in Los Angeles was the awards announcements in the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge conducted by AtomFilms. The big winner of the contest was Madison's own Chad Vader, which won the "George Lucas Selects" award. >More
 Casualities of war

Generals are always fighting the last war, and war movies tend to do the same thing. Home of the Brave, in which several soldiers who fought in Iraq try to adjust to civilian life, seems haunted by Vietnam (okay, two wars back) - the profound disillusionment, stemming in part from defeat, that seeped into such movies as Deer Hunter and Coming Home. But it's never quite clear where the disillusionment is coming from, since none of the soldiers is opposed to the war. >More
 His royal greenness

I wish I could say the third time's a charm, but charm is the one thing that's missing from Shrek the Third, Dreamworks' latest chapter in the storybook life of the world's kindest, gentlest ogre. >More
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