What’s playing in Madison theaters, Aug. 2-8, 2013


There’s only two movies opening in Madison this Friday, but I reviewed them both! (“The Smurfs 2,” which opened Wednesday, doesn’t count. “The Smurfs 2” never counts.)

All week

2 Guns” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — My full review is here. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg make an appealing duo in this throwback action film that features witty action and even wittier banter.

At Any Price” (Sundance) — My full review is here. Ramin Bahrani (“Goodbye Solo”) aims for Shakespeare among this soybeans in this tale of a modern farmer (Dennis Quaid) juggling job pressures and a wayward son (Zac Efron).


Ran” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theater) — Akira Kurosawa’s epic 1985 take on “King Lear” simply has to be seen on the big screen, with truly spectacular battle scenes and sense of tragic grandeur. Free!


Little Shop of Horrors” (9 p.m., UW Memorial Union Terrace) — For some reason, lately I’ve been hearing people sing snippets of songs from this killer sci-fi musical about a boy, a girl, and a plant. This is the sing-along version, so I think lyrics will be printed on the screen for you extroverts. Free!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (10 p.m., Star Cinema) — Channing Tatum doesn’t last too long in this cheesy sequel, but Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis pop in to pick up some slack. $3!


Chimpanzee” (10 a.m., Point and Eastgate Cinemas) — The Kids Dream summer series continues with this cute DisneyNature documentary about a little chimp separated from his mom who gets adopted by an older ape. Tim Allen narrates, and yes, does that ape noise thing. $2!

G.I. Joe” Retaliation” (10 p.m., Star Cinema) — See Tuesday listing.


We’re the Millers” (Point, Eastgate, Star CInema) — A pothead (Jason Sudeikis) and a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) impersonate suburban parents in order to transport illegal substances in this raunchy comedy.

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — The teen son of Poseidon heads out to retrieve the Golden Fleece in this adaptation from the wildly popular young-adult series. You had me at “and Nathan Fillion as Hermes.”

Chimpanzee” (10 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Tuesday listing.


Ghostbusters” (1:45 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., Sundance Cinemas) — Get slimed all over again with the sci-fi comedy classic, and be grateful that Bill Murray has steadfastly refused to back a “Ghostbusters 3.”

G.I. Joe” Retaliation” (10 p.m., Star Cinema) — See Tuesday listing.


Chimpanzee” (10 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Tuesday listing.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” (7 p.m., 4070 Vilas Hall) — The UW-Cinematheque’s Roger Ebert salute continues with this bloody, seedy Sam Peckinpah classic, starring the great Warren Oates as one of several lowlifes trying to achieve the titular mission of a Mexican warlord. Free!

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