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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
 The Italian puts a boy up for sale

Don't be fooled by the title: The Italian isn't an Italian film. It's a Russian film, and it shows us a side of contemporary Russia that doesn't make it into the travel brochures. >More
 Guerrillas in the mist

Directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, The Wind That Shakes the Barley wants to show us where the Irish Republican Army came from and, figuratively speaking, where it's coming from. It also wants to do it from the bottom-up, not the top-down. >More
 Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda discuss Chad Vader Episode 8

Eager fans of Chad Vader are finally getting their fix of the popular short video series produced by Madison-based Blame Society Productions. Some six weeks after shooting wrapped, creators Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda released the eighth episode of their saga to general online audiences on Friday, May 11. >More
 Silent films hit the screens at Wis-Kino monthly screening

The audience was small but enthusiastic at the Orpheum Stage Door on Thursday night, where local filmmakers had assembled for the opening screening of the spring Kabaret at Wis-Kino. While a dozen short films hit the screen at the downtown auditorium, the highlight of the evening came at its end when the secret ingredient for the weekend was revealed. >More
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