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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold mocks product placement

I feel certain that until I watched the comic documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, I had never before heard Ralph Nader utter these words: "How's the arch support?" Nader asks that unexpected question as director, cowriter and star Morgan Spurlock interviews him about the perils of advertising. >More
 48 Hour Film Project Madison: Backyard Superhero Party

Isthmus videographer Ben Reiser entered the 48 Hour Film Project last week with Backyard Superhero Party as th result. Enjoy! >More
 Friends With Benefits is a raunchy take on romantic comedy

In theory, Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) are on the same page. They're both bruised from recent breakups, which take place on opposite coasts in the first minutes of Friends With Benefits. Both bust-ups end with Dylan and Jamie, the dumped parties, vowing to keep it simple from here on out. >More
 An 84-year-old man learns to read in The First Grader

The First Grader is being distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, and, as you might expect, it is gorgeous to behold. The arid Kenyan landscapes are stunningly photographed, and so are the images of bustling Kinshasha. Extras have a way of breaking out into exuberant dances, and these sequences are lovely. >More
 Army of one: Making a movie for the 2011 48 Hour Film Project: Madison

The café is teeming with teams of filmmaking geeks of all ages, creeds, colors and sizes, but I am an army of one. My usual gang of would-be filmmakers (friends, neighbors, family) are mostly away or busy for the weekend so I am basically going it alone. >More
 Special kid-friendly movie screenings: July 15 - 21

The summer months bring some special movie-going opportunities for the short set. >More
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a satisfying end to the saga

If you've followed the cinematic adventures of Harry Potter, it's hard to imagine how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 could fail. The series that began as an investment in J.K. Rowling's remarkable hero-quest narrative evolved, over the course of seven films, into something else: an investment in the coming of age of the three young actors at their center. >More
 Religious and family conflict sear Incendies

In the French-Canadian Incendies, the secrets of a mother who was emotionally distant and not well understood by her children during her lifetime are unearthed after her death, and the children's horrifying discoveries can never be rebottled or unlearned. >More
 The Music Never Stopped depicts 1960s tunes' healing power

Parents of teenagers traditionally loathe the music their kids like. But what if your teenager disappeared, and playing that music magically brought him back? That's the premise of The Music Never Stopped, a poignant, funny film about a rebellious kid and his inflexible dad, and about music's inexplicable power. >More
 Grief drives a man to the truth in Beginners

"You think you're you," a man in Beginners tells a dog named Arthur, before breaking it to Arthur, a Jack Russell, that his personality has everything to do with being bred that way. They're just starting out together -- the man has inherited the dog from his dead father -- but true beginnings are well nigh impossible. >More
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