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Johnny Knoxville poses as an elderly man to prank bystanders in Bad Grandpa

After three successful feature films, the Jackass gang have added a whisper of a plot to their documentary stunt-mélange formula in their newest offering, Bad Grandpa. This little storyline doesn't get in the way of the dumb pranks, but, for the most part, the jackassery is gentler and less life-threatening than in previous outings. >More
 A family of musicians crumbles in I Used to Be Darker

I've played some live music, and a quick scene in I Used to Be Darker makes me cringe in recognition. It's a forlorn load-out. Some musicians led by a singer named Kim (Kim Taylor) have finished a show, and after the club owner says how much he enjoyed the performance, he tells them that they need to vacate the dressing room right away. >More
 The Fifth Estate examines the strained relationship behind WikiLeaks

The Fifth Estate feels like a weak-tea knockoff of The Social Network, the 2010 movie about online pioneers Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. Director Bill Condon and screenwriter Josh Singer tell the story of the infamous whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks by zeroing in on the contentious relationship between two early contributors. >More
 Escape From Tomorrow satirizes Disney World with creepy cinematography

The story of how Escape From Tomorrow was made is at least as compelling as the film itself. To create his debut feature, writer/director Randy Moore and his crew did extensive surreptitious filming at Walt Disney World in Florida. >More
 In Captain Phillips, a sailor must outsmart the pirates who've hijacked his ship

In the opening scenes of the harrowing, true-life drama Captain Phillips, the titular captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) discuss their son's academic difficulties. Phillips is headed to a job where his ship will be hijacked by Somali pirates seeking ransom. >More
 Wisconsin Rising is a powerful documentary about the protests against Gov. Scott Walker

You hear the wail of the vuvuzela, and it all comes rushing back. Most of us who lived through the 2011-12 protests against Gov. Scott Walker will have an emotional response to the sights and sounds of Wisconsin Rising, an hour-long documentary from the protesters' point of view made by Sam Mayfield. >More
 Spotlight Cinema's fall 2013 series to screen five local premieres at MMoCA

The Spotlight Cinema series returns to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art this fall with five films that have never been shown at area theaters. The program, co-curated Tom Yoshikami and Mike King, includes films from four different countries and genres ranging from documentary to noir. All films are screened on Thursdays at 7 p.m. >More
 R.I.P. J.F.K.: Parkland zeroes in on details of the assassination

After years of watching movies and TV, I hold two truths to be self-evident. One: If the setting is a hospital, a medical professional must eventually grab the paddles and try to jolt someone to life while hollering "Clear!" Two: An incarcerated person and a jailhouse visitor must each solemnly place a hand, palm out, on opposite sides of the reinforced glass. >More
 Gravity sends two astronauts floating through space

Watching the first 10 minutes of Alfonso Cuarón's lost-in-space adventure Gravity is both fascinating and disorienting. Astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Veteran space jockey Kowalski jet-packs around the structure, sharing jokey anecdotes as rookie engineer Stone nervously tries to do her job. >More
 Fill the Void is a fascinating peek inside Orthodox Jewish culture

Are these two going to get together or what? That's the question posed by the remarkable Israeli melodrama Fill the Void. The same question is posed by Hollywood romantic comedies, and that's basically where the similarities end. >More
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