What’s playing in Madison theaters: Oct. 18-24


All week

Carrie” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce takes a swing at a remake of the Stephen King classic, but they’re all going to laugh at her. Or at least dismiss her film as a by-the-numbers cash grab.

Escape Plan” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — -80s Rob would be perversely thrilled at the idea of Stallone and Schwarzenegger teaming up for a prison-break action movie. ’10s Rob will probably wait for the budget cinema.

The Fifth Estate” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — Benedict Cumberbatch dons the bone-white locks to play Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in a film that looks to have it both ways about the controversial leaker.

A.C.O.D.” (Sundance) — My full review is here.  Adam Scott and Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation” hit the big screen in this highly amusing comedy about an Adult Child of Divorce grappling with his still bickering parents (the invaluable Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara). Ben Karlin, who attended the UW before going on to “The Daily Show,” co-wrote the screenplay.

I Used to Be Darker” (Sundance) — My full review is here. The new drama by Matthew Porterfield (he brought “Hamilton” to the 2006 Wisconsin Film Festival) looks at a family of indie musicians being slowly pulled apart by divorce.

Chinese Zodiac” (Star Cinema) — Jackie Chan swears this is his last action film (although we’ve heard that before, and “Rush Hour 4” is in the works), as he travels the globe looking for pieces of a legendary treasure.


Dirty Wars” (6 p.m., Union South Marquee Theater, 1208 W. Dayton St.) — My full review is here, and my interview with Jeremy Scahill is here. Scahill, a journalist and Wisconsin native, digs into targeted assassinations, drone attacks, and other weapons of the “secret war” the United States is waging against terrorists, and wonders at the terrible cost. FREE!

Curse of the Werewolf” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave.) — Cinematheque’s world horror classics series wouldn’t be complete without a stop by Britain’s Hammer Studios, in this case to see OIiver Reed get slightly hairier as a creature of the night. FREE!

The Shining” (8:30 p.m., Union South Marquee) — Kubrick plus King plus Nicholson plus Scatman Crothers equals a horror classic, and one that, judging by “Room 237,” is still driving people bananas. FREE!


The Blair Witch Project” (midnight, Union South Marquee) — Please don’t blame this film for launching a sea of terrible found-footage horror films. The original 1999 film was a clever gag, especially at how it magically turned a few hundred thousand dollars in to a $100 million box office. FREE!


Coraline” (10 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — The haunting 3D animated film from the mind of Neil Gaiman about the girl who wanted new parents plays for a mere $2 (and free if you’re on Marcus’ mailing list). Can’t beat that.

Celtic Film Festival” (3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Union South Marquee) — Join the Marquee for two days of documentaries, features and short films from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Saturday’s highlights include “Bernadette,” (5 p.m.,), a doc about a Northern Ireland activist, and “Garage” (9 p.m.), a wry small-town comedy. FREE!

Stroszek” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque) — When I interviewed Werner Herzog back in 2005 for his film “Rescue Dawn,” he told me about filming this 1977 film about a German musician in a Wisconsin town, and I will never forget the way he pronounced “Nekoosah.” FREE!

The Shining” (11:30 p.m., Union South Marquee) — See Saturday listing.


Coraline” (11 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Saturday listing

Celtic Film Festival” (Noon to 8:30 p.m., Union South Marquee) — Sunday’s highlights include two series of short films (noon and 3 p.m.) and the lovely documentary “Dreamtime Revisited” (7 p.m.,), about the life of writer John Moriarty. FREE!

The Long Gray Line” (2 p.m.,, Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave.) — You can’t do a Cinemascope series without John Ford, although some might be surprised that the series chose this biopic about a West Point instructor (Tyrone Power). FREE!


This is Martin Bonner” (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — My full review is here. If you missed Chad Hartigan’s beautifully understated drama at the Wisconsin Film Festival about a tentative friendship between a prison case worker and a recent parolee, by all means catch it now.


Searching For Sugar Man” (5:15 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — My full review is here. One of the best rock documentaries of recent years is this film, which unfolds like a mystery story, about two South African fans looking for their favorite musician, who vanished decades earlier.

“Gone with the Pope” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — It’s a rare double feature at the Cinematheque’s Marquee Mondays, with this one guaranteed to offend two world religions. The first is a restored version of a 1981 exploitation film with an ingenious caper premise — kidnap the Pope, and demand a dollar in ransom from every Catholic on earth. FREE!

An American Hippie in Israel” (8:30 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — It’s Judaism’s turn next, as an Israeli hippie searches for paradise and finds robots, sharks and murderous mimes instead. FREE!

Friday the 13th” (9:30 p.m,, Point and Eastgate) — Summer camp was never the same after the original 1981 slasher film.


Searching for Sugar Man” (3 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

This is Martin Bonner” (5:15 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

Ingredients” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — Not surprisingly, this documentary about the farm-to-table movement in food should play pretty well in Madison. FREE!


This is Martin Bonner” (noon and 4:45 p.m., Eastgate, 4:45 p.m. Point) — See Monday listing.

Searching For Sugar Man” (10:15 p.m., Eastgate and Point) — See Monday listing

CBGB” (7 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — This fictionalized look at the seminal New York rock club includes an all-star case, with Alan Rickman as the club owner. Warning: reviews have not been kind.


Gasland II” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — With Wisconsin becoming, in the words of one CEO, the “global epicenter” of new frac sand mining operations in the nation, Josh Fox’s timely second film about the environmental impact of fracking couldn’t be more timely. FREE!


Upstream Color” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — My full review is here. Shane Carruth’s elliptical and beautiful film connects the dots between mind control, pigs, and love. Highly recommended, and FREE!

Searching For Sugar Man” (12:30 and 4:45 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

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