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Rocket Man

The Astronaut Farmer is one of those triumph-of-the-human-spirit movies that make you feel guilty for ever doubting that...well, that the human spirit will triumph in the end. >More
 Good vs. evil

If Masterpiece Theatre was part of the History Channel, it might turn out productions like Amazing Grace, a dramatization of the process by which England relinquished the slave trade exactly 200 years ago. >More
 How to buy an Oscar

To win an Oscar nomination these days, you have to both fan the flames and keep adding fuel to the fire. It's a months-long process that resembles nothing so much as a presidential campaign, complete with primaries (think of the Golden Globes as Super Tuesday) and a continually unheeded call for campaign-finance reform. >More
 Secrets for sale

Breach is a movie about our need to know and our inability to know. Directed by Billy Ray, who took on a strangely similar subject in Shattered Glass, his movie about a writer for The New Republic who started making up articles out of whole cloth, it's a taut little thriller that never resorts to car chases to get our blood pumping. >More
 Iraq in Fragments

Put together by James Longley, who spent months insinuating himself into the various milieus, Iraq in Fragments is an impressionistic look at three 'fragments' of Iraqi society: working-class Sunnis in Baghdad; fundamentalist-Muslim Shiites in Nasiriyah and Najaf; and sheep-farmer Kurds in a village up north. >More
 The photography of Chad Vader Episode 6

A highlight of the brand new episode of the Chad Vader saga -- released this evening on Friday, Feb. 16 -- is the appearance of Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "His office contacted us in the fall and told us he was a big fan," says series producer Courtney Collins. "They were wondering if there would be a spot for him in the next episode." Watch the new episode below. >More
 Darkness on the edge of town

What Peyton Place did for small towns and American Beauty did for suburbs Little Children does for Northeastern-corridor commuter stops ' i.e., expose the rot that lies under those emerald-green lawns. >More
 Old Joy

We tend to forget that friendships can wither and die, but here's Old Joy to remind us. It's one of those quiet little films that seem closer to short stories than to novels. >More

Once again, Eddie Murphy slaps on the latex to play multiple roles, but the roles are so rude and crude this time that we have no emotional stake in anybody or anything. >More
 La Fe'e Rouge wins Independent Lens Audience Award

La Fe'e Rouge, a short film created by Tashai Lovington and Robert Lughai of Mount Horeb, was declared the winner of the Audience Award in the Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival on Wednesday. >More
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