What’s playing in Madison theaters: July 19-25, 2013

 

R.I.P.D.

All week

R.I.P.D.” — (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — It’s “Men in Black” meets “Beetlejuice,” as two dead cops (Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges) are resurrected to keep dead souls out of the world of the living. Looks like it has zero scares and tons of ‘splosions.

The Conjuring” — (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — James Wan of “Saw” fame seems to go in more for PG-13 jump scares than gore lately, between “Insidious” and this period tale of paranormal investigators trying to rid a family of some supernatural squatters.

RED 2” — (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — The retired spooks of the surprise 2010 action-comedy hit are back, as Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich track a doomsday device (and its nutty inventor, Anthony Hopkins) across Europe.

The Way, Way Back” (Sundance) — “Descendants” co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash wrote and directed this coming-of-age tale, in which an awkward teen flees his mother’s domineering boyfriend (Steve Carell) and finds confidence working at the local water park.

Girl Most Likely” (Sundance) — Kirsten Wiig plays a once-promising playwright who, seeing her career slowly falling apart, retreats back to her old hometown.

Friday

Infra-Man” and “Kill and Kill Again” (7 p.m., Union South, Marquee Theatre, 1308 W. Dayton St.) — The UW-Cinematheque puts down its marker early that its Roger Ebert tribute won’t just be about great movies like “The Third Man.” Ebert liked his guilty pleasures too, and this should be a fun double feature. The first film is a delightfully cheesy sci-fi martial arts movie from Hong Kong, while the second may be South Africa’s best and only martial arts classic. Free!

Monday

Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (9 p.m., UW Memorial Union Terrace) — The Terrace’s “Out of this World” series simply had to include Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi classic about UFOs and the humans that are drawn to them. Highly entertaining, although it’s probably for the best that the Union doesn’t serve mashed potatoes. Free!

Olympus Has Fallen” (Star Cinema) — If “White House Down” was a little too silly for your terrorist-take-the-White-House tastes, go back to this highly similar and rougher action movie from last spring, in which North Koreans storm 1600 Pennsylvania. It’s only $3, with proceeds going to autism research.

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Tuesday.

“Oceans” (Point, Eastgate) — In this DisneyNature film, underwater cameras capture a spectacular view of undersea life. It’s only $2 as part of the Marcus Kids Dream series.

Olympus Has Fallen” (Star Cinema) — See Monday listing

Wednesday

Oceans” (Point, Eastgate) — See Tuesday listing.

Animal House” (Sundance Cinemas) — John Landis set the gold standard for raunchy teen comedies with this tale of the slobs vs. the snobs, full of quotable lines and, of course, food fights.

“Olympus Has Fallen” (Star Cinema) — See Monday listing.

Thursday

“Oceans” (Point, Eastgate) — See Tuesday listing.

The Suitor” (4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave.) — The UW Cinematheque’s tribute to French comic filmmaker Pierre Etaix continues with his first film, a daffy and heartfelt ode to silent comedians like Buster Keaton, in which Etaix plays  a young man whose obsession with a famous singer derails his chances at a real romance. Free!

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