What’s playing in Madison theaters: Jan. 3-9, 2014

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All week

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — Yep, this is it, the only new movie in wide release this weekend. The fifth installment of the found-footage series moves the malevolent demon to a Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles, which early reviews say seems to freshen up a series that was growing stale.

Friday

The Way Way Back” (6:30 p.m., Madison Library Pinney Branch, 204 Cottage Grove Road) — My full review is here. A shy teen dragged along on summer vacation by his mom’s boyfriend (Steve Carell) finds friendship and confidence at a seedy water park in this crowd-pleasing comedy. FREE!

Pariah” (7 p.m., Madison Library Alicia Ashman Branch, 733 N. High Point Blvd.) — My full review is here. In this Sundance Film Festival critical hit, a lesbian African-American teen must navigate the expectation of her family and friends while pursuing her voice as a writer. FREE!

Citizen Kane” (7:30 p.m., Al. Ringling Theatre, 136 Fourth Street, Baraboo) — You haven’t been in a theater until you’ve been in the sumptuous Al. Ringling Theatre, and haven’t seen a movie until you’ve seen Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” Cross both off your list this weekend as the theater kicks off a classic film series with Welles’ magisterial portrait of a newspaper magnate’s rise and fall. Tickets are $7.50 ($5 for matinees, students and seniors), and frequent visitors can buy a five-movie discount pass.

Saturday

Citizen Kane” (3 and 7:30 p.m., Al. Ringling Theatre, 136 Fourth Street, Baraboo) — See Friday listing.

Sunday

Citizen Kane” (3 p.m., Al. Ringling Theatre, 136 Fourth Street, Baraboo)– See Friday listing.

Monday

Ben Hur” (1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — What will the sequel to Spike Jonze’s “Her” be called? “Been Her!” (Hat tip to Twitter follower Peter Jenkins for the joke). The actual “Ben Hur” has no Scarlett Johannson, of course, but lots of chariot races, sweaty battles and big-screen epic goodness, kicking off Marcus Theatres’ classics series for 2014.

Tuesday 

Ben Hur” (1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Wednesday

Big” (1 and 6:50 p.m., Sundance Cinemas) — Amazingly, it’s been over 25 years since Tom Hanks and Robert Loggie trod the ivories at FAO Schwarz in this fanciful comedy about a boy who woke up a man. “Big,” unexpectedly wise and wistful about growing up, kicks off a winter Sundance Classics series of ’80s and ’90s comedies, including “The Princess Bride,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Groundhog Day” three days after the actual Groundhog Day.

Ben Hur” (1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Thursday

Ben Hur” (1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Las Marthas” (6:30 p.m., Madison Library Central Branch, 201 W. Mifflin St.) — The library is hosting the Madison premiere of a PBS Independent Lens documentary about a debutante ball in which the celebrants — all Latinos — dress as Martha Washington and other historical figures. A discussion will follow the film. FREE!

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