What’s playing in Madison theaters: Sept. 6-12, 2013

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All week

Riddick” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — Vin Diesel somehow keeps his sci-fi franchise going along with “Fast & Furious,” as his super-charged ex-convict deals with aliens and baddies on a hostile planet. Really hoping he manages to pull of “Find Me Guilty 2.”

Stories We Tell” (Sundance) — My full review is here. Better late than never for Sarah Polley’s wonderful documentary, in which she turns the camera back on her own family to learn some surprising secrets involving her late mother. I’m doing a post-show chat after the 6:55 p.m. Tuesday show at Sundance Cinemas — they’ll be lots to talk about.

Adore” (Sundance) — My full review is here. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play middle-aged moms who decide to start affairs with each others’ college-age sons, and if that premise hasn’t already turned you off, perhaps the self-serious boredom of Anne Fontaine’s film will.

Shuddh Desi Romance” (Star Cinema) — This Bollywood musical comedy looks at the shifting sands of romance.

Friday

iron Man 3″ (6 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — I wrote some about the summer’s first blockbuster here, but this film gets right everything that “Iron Man 2” got wrong — it’s much funnier and more surprising, and not afraid to do something unexpected, like keep Robert Downey Jr. out of the suit and send him to Rose Hill, Tennessee for the second act. FREE!

Eraserhead” (7 p.m. UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — I was not aware until this week that Jack Nance, who played avuncular types in several later David Lynch projects (he was “She’s dead — wrapped in plastic”), had the title role in Lynch’s 1978 debut, about an unnerving man unnerved by his encounters with the opposite sex. Cinematheque has a newly struck 35mm print to show off. FREE!

The Room” (midnight, Union South Marquee Theatre) — Tommy Wiseau’s midnight-movie classic is a master class in bad acting, uncomfortable plotting, and random football tossing. FREE!

Saturday

The United States of Football” (12:30 p.m., Point Cinemas) — Marcus Theatres is starting a new Theatre Entertainment Network that dedicates one screen at Point and Eastgate Cinemas to indie films, classics, live specials and other programming, all for $5. It kicks off with this documentary about the effect of head trauma in football from kids to professionals.

iron Man 3” (6 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — See Friday listing.

Le Doulos” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — Is Jean-Paul Belmondo the squealer? He keeps both the cops and his fellow criminals guessing in this stylish thriller from Jean-Pierre Melville. FREE!

The Place Beyond the Pines” (9:15 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — The lives of a small-time thief (Ryan Gosling), a rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) and their sons intertwine in Derek Cianfrance’s ambitious drama. FREE!

The Room” (midnight, Union South Marquee Theatre) — See Friday listing.

Sunday

Contempt” (2 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave.) — A Cinematheque at the Chazen series of Cinemascope films kicks off with Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 classic about the moral corruption of modern cinema, as a writer is lured by a gauche American producer (Jack Palance) to work on a big-budget epic. FREE!

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Iron Man 3” (3 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — See Friday listing. FREE!

Monday

Animal House” (4;30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — With the return of college comes the return of the ultimate college comedy, as the Delta bros drink, drink and be merry.

LOL Short Film Festival” (12, 2:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eastgate, 9:30 p.m. Point) — The annual series of comic short films returns.

Starbuck” (7 p.m., Point and Eastgate Cinemas) — My full review is here. n this French-Canadian comedy (which will be remade this fall as “The Delivery Man” with Vince Vaughn), a fortysomething layabout discovers that he has fathered hundreds of children as a sperm donor, and decides to help his offspring out behind the scenes.

Tuesday

LOL Short Film Festival” (12, 2:15, 4:30 p.m. Eastgate, 9:30 p.m. Point) — See Monday listing.

Animal House” (7 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

Starbuck” (9:30 p.m. Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

Wednesday 

LOL Short Film Festival” (12, 2:15, 7 p.m. Eastgate, 7 p.m. Point) — See Monday listing

Some Like It Hot” (1:25 p.m. and 6:45 p.m, Sundance) — Billy Wilder’s riotous comedy with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as cross-dressing musicians hiding out from the mob with Marilyn Monroe’s all-girl band is one of the great comedies of all time.

Starbuck” (4:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

Frances Ha” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — My full review is here. Greta Gerwig absolutely sparkles in Noah Baumbach’s New Wave-inspired comedy about a New York dancer finally moving into adulthood. FREE!

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Animal House” (9:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate Cinemas) — See Monday listing.

Thursday

LOL Short Film Festival” (12, 2:15, 7 p.m. Eastgate, 7 p.m. Point) — See Monday listing

Starbuck” (4:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

The Great Gatsby” (6:30 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — My full review is here. Baz Luhrmann’s attempt to jazz up the Jazz Age classic with hip-hop and 3D didn’t work, although Leonardo DiCaprio is perfectly at ease in the title role. FREE!

Frances Ha” (9:30 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — See Wednesday listing.

Animal House” (9:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate Cinemas) — See Monday listing.

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