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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
 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is too silly for its own good

Two years after the first reboot of the Spider-Man story, an equally pointless sequel has arrived. By now we've had several years of smart, relevant Avengers dramas, so The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s. >More
 Finding Vivian Maier hails a street photographer who kept her work to herself

Bear with me on this for a minute. I've been musing on ailing country-music legend Glen Campbell, who has, I read the other day, been transferred to an Alzheimer's facility. In particular, I've been recalling his smash 1968 hit "Wichita Lineman," one of the great singles of his era. >More
 The Quiet Ones favors spookiness over blood and guts

"Welcome to the experiment," says seedy-tweedy Professor Coupland to his new documentarian, AV geek Brian. He doesn't add "Bwahaha!" to the greeting, but you can almost hear it anyway. For we had already started to suspect that the academic is a little bit mad and a little bit sadistic, with his cold approach to some quite disturbing matters. >More
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