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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
 George Clooney tires of skirting the law in Michael Clayton

George Clooney is one of those actors who have trouble turning off the charm. Cary Grant was another one, and Clooney's starting to look like Grant in his silver-fox period. In both cases, there's something about the carriage; they look like they were born in tailored suits. >More
 Shake your movie maker at Wis-Kino's 2007 Fall Kabaret

A Kabaret is a rush of hard work, crazy antics and great fun. And anyone can help make a film, regardless of skill or experience. You don't even have to own a camera or editing equipment to participate. If you're interested in acting, holding a boom mike, scouting locations, recording music or any number of other jobs, join in. >More
 Infomercials sell silly at the September screening for Wis-Kino

The theme for September was "infomercial," an optional element that was picked up by about half of the movies submitted for screening. Also featured was a special reel from a recent film festival in Trouville, a seaside town in the heart of Normandy, that included a trio of shorts created by Wis-Kino contributors. >More
 Honeymoon from Hell

In The Heartbreak Kid, Ben Stiller takes another ride through the poop-splattered Tunnel of Love, and if you thought there was something about Mary, you should see Lila. >More
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