Instant Gratification: “Much Ado About Nothing” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix Instant

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Pick of the week: “Much Ado About NothingMy full review is here. The gimmick behind Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare adaptation is a lot of fun, he shot it in his own house, using a lot of actor friends (including Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker) in under two weeks, as a break between shooting and editing “The Avengers.” But the film, set in present-day Los Angeles, is an efficient and knowing adaptation of the text, never skimping on the fun of the Bard’s plot while throwing the play’s sharp anti-feminist themes into sharp relief.

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“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”: Stinging the pro-war establishment like a bee

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“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” screens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Madison Public Library’s Central Branch, 201 W. Mifflin St. Not rated, 1:31, three and a half stars. FREE!

Director Bill Siegel will introduce the film and take part in a post-show panel discussion. Read my interview with Bill Siegel here.

How America loved Muhammad Ali. But how America hated him too.

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