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Night Moves follows two eco-terrorists plotting to blow up a dam

Night Moves is probably the only suspenseful thriller you'll see this year in which someone explains what a CSA box is. The remarks on community-supported agriculture come at a fraught moment, one of several. >More
 The Identical asks what might have happened if the King's twin had lived

Elvis Presley's legacy weighs heavily on The Identical, even though he is only mentioned once. Rather than obtaining the rights to make a proper biopic, the filmmakers imagine what might happen if the rock 'n' roll legend's stillborn twin brother survived and went on to achieve fame as a professional Elvis impersonator. >More
 Happy birthday, Ghostbusters

Nostalgia can seem self-indulgent to those witnessing it rather than experiencing it. But age does things to our relationship with memory. As Ghostbusters rolls into theaters for a one-week-only 30th anniversary re-release, I can't help but wax rhapsodic about the summer of 1984. It's the reason I'm writing about movies today. >More
 In Calvary, a man of the cloth must figure out which parishioner plans to kill him

Named after the hill where Jesus was crucified, Calvary makes its intentions clear from the start. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) sits in the confessional of his church in a rural Irish town. An unseen man arrives and shares a horrible secret: He was sexually molested by a Catholic priest for five years, starting when he was 7 years old. >More
 A prodigy must decide whether to live or die in If I Stay

If I Stay is an adaptation of Gayle Forman's young adult novel about Mia Hall, an 18-year-old cello prodigy who must decide whether to live or die following a car accident. In addition to telling a story, the movie begs an important question: When should a filmmaker stray from his source material? >More
 It's hard to tell the characters apart in the flawed football drama When the Game Stands Tall

As a teamwork training manual for young athletes, When the Game Stands Tall may be useful viewing, but as a gripping drama, it's dodgy at best. Loosely based on sportswriter Neil Hayes' book about high school football coach Bob Ladouceur, who led his De La Salle Spartans to a historic 151-game winning streak, the script (by Scott Marshall Smith) wisely includes the game that broke the streak. >More
 A not-so-charming Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen. These are two of the most contentious words in contemporary movie-fan circles. From the scandals and accusations in his personal life to his homogenous character demographics, there is no neutral ground in conversations about the writer and director. >More
 A teen receives all of civilization's memories in The Giver

Teen dystopias are as hot as can be at the cineplex these days, as demonstrated by the massive popularity of the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises. The Giver certainly fits into the trend, but it's no latecomer to the party. The material on which it's based, Lois Lowry's Newbery Award-winning young-adult novel, has been celebrated and reviled since its release in 1993. >More
 UW Cinematheque hosts four Madison premieres in fall 2014

With back-to-school season just around the corner, the UW Cinematheque has rolled out its fall 2014 film lineup. All Cinematheque events are free and take place at 4070 Vilas Hall, the Marquee Theater at Union South, and the Chazen Museum of Art. >More
 Life Itself is an honest, compelling tribute to Roger Ebert's life and work

What surprised me most about Life Itself? Seeing just how genuinely Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel must have disliked each other. The movie critics' bickering was part of their television shtick, of course, but in the documentary we see outtakes in which the two are fiercely, profanely hostile in their interactions. These scenes are hard to watch, and they're not the only ones. >More
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