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Rooftop Cinema avant-garde film series at MMoCA focuses on animation in 2014 season

With lush plants, modern sculpture and and a view of the Capitol, the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is one of downtown's most beautiful hangouts during the summer. The surroundings are even more impressive on Rooftop Cinema nights, when the museum shows films on a large screen set against a starry night sky. >More
 Gia Coppola's Palo Alto is a shattering tale about reckless suburban high schoolers

It's a storied tradition, the teenagers-in-trouble movie. One of my favorites is 1983's WarGames, which dates back to my own adolescence and concerns a teenager in trouble for bringing the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. The stakes aren't quite as high in Palo Alto, but it's an apocalyptic vision all the same. At chaotic parties, kids swig liquor, smoke weed and have sex. >More
 X-Men: Days of Future Past goes forward to move backward

Director Bryan Singer, reclaiming the X-Men film franchise he launched in 2000, means to establish from the first reel that X-Men: Days of Future Past is not messing around. Via voiceover, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) explains the catastrophic present, in which killing machines called Sentinels have wiped out most of the world's mutant population and many of their human defenders. >More
 UW Cinematheque's summer 2014 season to feature von Trier and Ayoade local premieres, French New Wave and cult classics

For many movie lovers, summer in Madison wouldn't be complete without the UW Cinematheque and its free screenings in June, July and August. All of this season's films will be shown on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays at 7 p.m., at either the Chazen Museum of Art or the Marquee Theater at Union South. >More
 Marcus Theatres' lavish Palace Cinema in Sun Prairie to replace Eastgate

Griping about the price of movie admission is a local pastime, and with good reason: A full-price ticket to an evening screening is now at least $10 at most Madison-area theaters. Add a few bucks if you want to see a movie like Godzilla in 3D, and even more if you're attending a broadcast of a West End theater production or a Metropolitan Opera performance. >More
 Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a truck driver plagued by bad decisions in the funny, gritty drama God's Pocket

God's Pocket is a little bit Mean Streets, a little bit Weekend at Bernie's. As in early Scorsese films, working-class men in a big city on the East Coast swear a lot and are casually violent. And as in Weekend at Bernie's... well, I'll let you discover that on your own. >More
 Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a clever metaphor about climate change

It's been 60 years since Ishiro Honda unleashed Godzilla, his cinematic metaphor about the dangers of nuclear weapons. This year's Godzilla updates the lizard-like monster for the 21st century in ways that work beautifully. Hollywood's myopia prevents the movie from achieving masterpiece status, but not B-movie fabulousness. >More
 In Le Week-end, a strained relationship gets tested in the City of Love

We hear Nick (Jim Broadbent) before we see him in Le Week-end. He makes a noise that sounds like a cross between a grunt and a sigh. It's a meaningful introduction to who he is. Meg (Lindsay Duncan), his fed-up wife of 30 years, has stopped seeing him as a human being with wants and emotions. You get the sense that, for her, he's just a collection of over-familiar tics, aches, complaints and smells. >More
 Noisy frat boys and the parents of a newborn face off in Neighbors

Elise and Zoey Vargas may be the most adorable children ever captured on video. Jointly playing the baby of first-time parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) in Neighbors, the twins elicit an involuntary "awwwwww" every time they flash a four-toothed grin. Nobody was immune to the cuteness at the screening I attended: not critics, not hulking frat guys there for the gross-out comedy, nobody. >More
 Seeking to punish a murderer, an unkempt loner cleans up his act in Blue Ruin

It's clear from the outset of Blue Ruin that the protagonist, Dwight (Macon Blair), is a wreck, but we have to observe him for a while before the film discloses what caused this predicament. Thoroughly disheveled, he is a loner who sleeps in the backseat of a bullet-riddled car parked somewhere in the Delaware dunes. >More
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