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Kent Williams

Madison's Kent Williams spent two decades as a quilter, but he's also a talented printmaker, as his mind-bending new work at the Central Library shows. more

Nov 24, 2014 7:33 PM A & E

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Carolyn Fath

I used to tell him this day would come -- that after throwing his whole life at "Isthmus", first as a copyeditor, then as arts editor, then as overall editor, Dean Robbins would finally scratch his name off the masthead for good. more

Oct 9, 2014 1:00 PM News

Since I moved to Madison five months ago, I've been using the Capitol as a compass. I used to live among the flat prairies of central Illinois, so I'm not used to curving streets and hills and, especially, lakes. Consequently I get lost a lot, and when I do, I look around for the Capitol Dome to regain my bearing. more

Jul 7, 2011 2:00 PM Isthmus 35

In Sam (American Beauty) Mendes' cinematic adaptation of Richard Yates' great American novel, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are Frank and April Wheeler, artistic types trapped in mid-century suburbia, their marriage dissolving before their eyes. more

Jun 5, 2009 2:00 PM TV & Video

"Waltz With Bashir", which is that rare hybrid, an animated documentary, doesn't just freshen our memories. It interrogates the role that memory plays in our psychic survival. more

Feb 27, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

When the winners for Best Actor and Best Actress ascend to the stage of the Kodak Theatre during this year's Academy Awards ceremony, do you suppose either of them will have bothered to, you know, rehearse? Aren't monologues part of what they do for a living? In their day jobs, don't they work from a script, which they've memorized? more

Feb 20, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

Changeling: Taking his sweet time as usual, Clint Eastwood directed this 1920s period piece about a Los Angeles single mom (Angelina Jolie) who gets put through the ringer for insisting that the boy returned to her by the LAPD is not her son, who mysteriously disappeared five months before. Jolie has never seemed more vulnerable, but the movie itself is a little cut and dried, a true-crime B-movie tricked out like an Oscar-bait A-movie. more

Feb 20, 2009 3:00 PM TV & Video

Frozen River: In Courtney Hunt's close-to-the-bone look at a woman who smuggles illegal aliens across the Canadian-U.S. border in order to put food on her table, Melissa Leo gives an utterly vanity-free performance that invites all sorts of responses. The movie works as a piece of Kmart realism, but it's also a thriller, which Hunt handles with the same low-key finesse. more

Feb 13, 2009 3:00 PM TV & Video

Once again, Sundance Cinemas is screening all the Oscar nominees for Best Live-Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film, a selection culled from around the world, but mostly Europe. Here are brief looks at each of them. more

Feb 13, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

It's been 10 years since Jean-Claude Van Damme made a movie that got a theatrical release in the United States, and you can see each one of those years in his face, which is slashed with worry lines. more

Feb 6, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

Did Richard Yates write the Great American Novel when nobody was looking? "Revolutionary Road", which has now been made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published, back in the early '60s. more

Jan 30, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

"Who's that?" some of us asked when Kristen Scott Thomas came gliding over a sand dune in "The English Patient". more

Jan 30, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

Audiences weren't exactly clamoring for Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson to make a movie together, but here they are, as a Mr. and Miss Lonely-hearts destined to complete each other across The Pond. Syrupy if not all the way to schmaltzy, Last Chance Harvey is a Nora Ephron film in everything but name. Instead, the name's Joel Hopkins, who wrote and directed and somehow convinced a pair of Oscar winners to star in it. more

Jan 23, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

"Jews don't fight." "These Jews do." And there you have it, the inspirational message imparted by "Defiance", Edward Zwick's based-on-a-true-story movie about the Bielski brothers, who spent World War II holed up in the Belorussian forest with over a thousand of their fellow Jews, killing German soldiers when they had to and sometimes when they didn't have to. more

Jan 23, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

Based on Monica Ali's celebrated novel, this is the story of a Bangladeshi village girl (Tannishtha Chatterjee) whose family marries her off to a man twice her age living in London, where she gradually learns that life doesn't have to be a form of indentured servitude. more

Jan 16, 2009 3:00 PM TV & Video

We all remember Mickey Rourke, the scruffy pretty-boy who whispered his way through "Diner", "Rumble Fish" and "9 1/2 Weeks". Rourke was the James Dean of the 1980s; every decade's good for at least one. But he had an acting style all his own -- shy, yet sly, purring his lines like a cat angling for a bowl of milk. more

Jan 16, 2009 3:00 PM Movies

Righteous Kill: It could have been a dream match-up - Robert De Niro and Al Pacino strapping on the gloves and going 15 rounds - but neither of them flexes any new muscles in Jon Avnet's thriller about a pair of New York City detectives who are willing to bend a few rules in order to see justice served. more

Jan 9, 2009 3:00 PM TV & Video

What's the movie trying to say other than it's always sad to grow old, no matter which direction you do it in? What exactly does Benjamin Button represent? more

Dec 25, 2008 3:00 PM Movies

Yet another movie about good little Nazis, "The Reader" at least wrestles with the notion of Germany's guilt and responsibility for its war atrocities. Based on Bernhard Schlink's novel, it's a strange little movie -- sort of "Summer of '42" meets "She Wolves of the SS". more

Dec 25, 2008 3:00 PM Movies