What’s playing in Madison theaters: Nov. 15-21, 2013

The Best Man Holiday

All week

The Best Man Holiday” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — “Tron: Legacy” proved you can never have too big a gap between an original film and its sequel, as the 1999 ensemble comedy returns with a holiday edition.

Blue is the Warmest Color” (Sundance) — My full review is here. This polarizing French film has as many detractors as adorers — some see its three-hour running time and explicit sex scenes as a sign of great art, others as an indulgence and an objectification of women. (I lean towards the former, mostly.)

Ram Leela” (AMC Star Cinema) — Based loosely on “Romeo and Juliet,” this Bollywood romance has been called a “painting in motion” for its beauty.


Millhouse: A White Comedy” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — Sadly, not the feature film debut of Bart Simpson’s hapless classmate, but documentary filmmaker Emile de Antonio’s caustic 1971 look at the career of Richard M. Nixon. FREE!

The Way Way Back” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee, 1308 W. Dayton St.) — My full review is here. A shy teen dragged along to his mother’s boyfriend’s beach house finds confidence and friendship when he gets a job at the local water park in this indie dramedy. FREE!

Underground” (8:45 p.m., UW Cinematheque) — The second half of the Cinematheque’s de Antonio double bill looks at the radical Weather Underground, including interviews with recent Wisconsin Book Festival guest Bill Ayers and others. FREE!

The D.L.F.A.” (9:30 p.m., Barrymore Theatre) — This new documentary looks at a local climbing group who were one of the first to scale the cliffs at Devil’s Lake State Park. Admission is $10, and a Q&A with the director will follow.

Mean Girls” (9:30 p.m, Union South Marquee) — That nice young Lindsay Lohan stars in the Tina Fey-penned comedy about navigating the tricky social waters of high school. FREE!

Zardoz” (midnight, Union South Marquee) — John Boorman’s unbelievably campy sci-fi film, starring a mustachioed Sean Connery and all kinds of floating-head weirdness, has to be seen to be believed. I mean really, feast your eyes below. FREE!



Filmmaker Magazine’s “New Faces of Independent Film” (3 p.m., UW-Cinematheque) — This last-minute addition to the Cinematheque schedule is not to be missed, as the respected Filmmaker magazine brings three up-and-coming short film directors and their work to Madison for a screening and post-show Q&A. FREE!

The Criminal Code” (7 p.m., UW-Cinematheque) — The “criminal” Hays Code wasn’t in place yet when a young Howard Hawks made this 1931 potboiler, starring Walter Huston as a district attorney who becomes warden at the prison where he sent many criminals. FREE!

Fruitvale Station” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee) — This sorrowful drama chronicles the last day in the life of an Oakland African-American man, senselessly killed by police. FREE!

Mean Girls” (9:30 p.m., Union South Marquee) — See Friday listing.

Hard Target” (midnight, Union South Marquee) — Hong Kong action maestro John Woo dipped his toe into Hollywood filmmaking with this Jean Claude Van Damme film. Some good action, especially a shootout in a warehouse full of Mardi Gras floats, but it doesn’t compare to Van Damme’s mind-blowing split for that Volvo commercial. FREE!


JFK” (1:10 p.m., Sundance Cinemas) — Five minutes after you see it, Oliver Stone’s epic conspiracy theory falls apart. But while you’re watching it, it’s a masterpiece of agitprop filmmaking, and if the dots don’t connect, Stone does capture the unease of an America that begins learning not to trust its institutions.

The Tarnished Angels” (2 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave.) — The latest “Cinematheque at the Chazen” entry in its Cinemascope retrospective is Douglas Sirk’s sumptuous 1958 drama about a reporter (Rock Hudson) who gets entangled with a veteran and his wife. FREE!

Fruitvale Station” (3 p.m., Union South Marquee) — See Saturday listing.


The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun” (1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m, Point and Eastgate) — Since its unlikely the Stones will be back at Camp Randall anytime soon, catch this concert film shot in Hyde Park last summer in all its big-screen glory.

Rush: Clockwork Angels” (7 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — Or if prog rock’s more your bag, see this concert film with the Canadian power trio.

Pulp Fiction” (10:10 p.m, Point and Eastgate) — Quentin Tarantino’s crime classic is pure pleasure, a $5 milkshake and a shot of adrenaline to the heart all rolled into one.


“”The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun” (12:55 p.m; and 7 p.m., Point and Eastgate) See Monday listing.

Pulp Fiction” (3:40 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., Point and Eastgate) See Monday listing.


Pulp Fiction” (12:45 and 6:45 p.m., Point and Eastgate) See Monday listing.

JFK” (1:10 p.m. and 7 p.m., Point and Eastgate) See Sunday listing.

The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun” (4:05 p.m. and 10:10 p.m, Point and Eastgate) See Monday listing


The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun” (2:15 p.m, Point and Eastgate) See Monday listing


The Hunger Games Marathon” (5 p.m. Point, Eastgate and Star Cinema) — Two films hardly qualifies as a marathon, but “Hunger Games” fans won’t care, as local theaters screen the original at 5 p.m. before an early look at the new “Catching Fire” at 8 p.m.

Getting Go: The Go Doc Project” (7 p.m. Union South Marquee) — The third annual Reel Love LGBT Film Festival kicks off with this bracing and romantic mix of documentary and narrative shot by a gay couple in New York City. FREE!

Vic and Flo Saw a Bear” (9:30 p.m., Union South Marquee) — A pair of lesbian ex-cons attempt to start a new life in remote Quebec, but a visitor from their past won’t let them in this strange and quietly menacing film. FREE!

Pulp Fiction” (10:10 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

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