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Soul music

If you love musicals but hated Chicago and Dreamgirls, you may want to try writer-director John Carney's Once, which has found a whole new way of putting a song in our hearts. Well, not a whole new way, but this lovely little Irish film, which follows a pair of struggling musicians around while they fall in and out of harmony, is much more than a low-rent Rent. >More
 On with the show

Broadway, that fabulous invalid, now on life support, manages to haul its sorry ass out of its hospital bed and give its regards to...itself in Dori Berinstein's ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway. And if you're still aglow from last Sunday night's Tony Awards broadcast, you'll be glad to know that Berinstein, a Broadway producer herself, really knows how to put on a show. >More
 A touch of evil

A liberal-humanist movie about a liberal-humanist lawyer (David Strathairn) who defends a skinhead accused of homicide, Steel Toes probably belongs in a classroom somewhere. It's adapted from a play, and it still feels like one of those teleplays from the Golden Age of Television, where ideological opposites attract. >More
 Preview Rooftop Cinema on your lap- and/or desktop

"I wonder if this is on YouTube or Google Video?" This was one of the first questions Rooftop Cinema curator Tom Yoshikami asked himself when programming the second annual edition of the avant-garde film series that's set to kick off on Friday evening atop the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. >More
 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
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