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Thursday, December 18, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 18.0° F  Overcast
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Plain Jane

Jane Austen could spot a phony. Her novels - including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility - frequently expose impostors and the trouble they cause. As a result, Austen would not have been a fan of Becoming Jane. >More
 The Found Footage Festival returns to Madison

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been finding videos for years, starting back in high school and subsequently growing quite extensive. "Joe and I have one big video collection that we just keep adding to," says Prueher. "It's all part of the Found Footage Festival collection, which currently spills over into my apartment, Joe's apartment and a storage locker in Queens." >More
 Post-production nearing completion on Madison

"We are in our final weeks of post-production," says Nick Langholff about work on Madison, an independent film he is producing in collaboration with its writer and director Brent Notbohm. Eight months have passed since it was shot in various locations in the heart of the city last January, thhe dark, snowy climate of a Wisconsin winter serving as an appropriate backdrop for this feature-length drama. >More
 American Idiot

ith 400 episodes (and counting) spread over 18 years, The Simpsons has gone from filler material on The Tracey Ullman Show to a hit series of its own, then became a cultural phenomenon and is now settling into legendary status, an American institution. >More
 The bad seed

Let's face it, some kids are just pure evil. But what if they're both pure evil and brilliant, perhaps even a genius? Joshua, a psychological thriller from first-time director George Ratliff, poses that question, and the answer seems to be that the little brat will systematically destroy the ties that bind. >More
 Rescue Dawn: Die (very) hard

Rescue Dawn feels like the real thing, thanks in part to the lush terrain, which closes in on you like a python's jaws, and also to Christian Bale's strangely buoyant performance. Indulging in another of his weight-loss routines (in The Machinist, he got down to nothing), Bale may run the risk of confusing acting with dieting, but he totally captures that weird quality that goes by the name of heroism. >More
 Blame Society Productions to hold open auditions in Madison

"We have a core group of people that we tend to work with, but we're looking to expand that," says Matt Sloan. Auditions are being held for several upcoming projects, including a new series titled My Fist Is a Weapon, season 2 of Chad Vader, and more; production should be kicking off "very soon" he says. >More
 Big is beautiful

If ever there were a happy summer movie, it's Hairspray. But for all its bubbly musical numbers and effervescent good humor, this film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical feels oddly lacquered - it's John Waters by way of Disney. >More
 Oddballs in love

Eagle vs Shark is a dork-chic romance à la Napoleon Dynamite about two Kiwi oddballs. But it's gentler and more lyrical, with angular cinematography interwoven with surreal stop-motion sequences about the lives of discarded apple cores who find love together. >More
 The hitman's dilemma

You Kill Me is about a Buffalo hitman who's sent to San Francisco to recover from the alcoholism that's begun to interfere with his work, and if that doesn't already strike you as a little weird - San Francisco? - you may have trouble getting on the movie's frequency. >More
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