What’s playing in Madison theaters, Jan. 10-16, 2013

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All week

August: Osage County” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — Audiences expecting a sassy but lovable “Steel Magnolias” kind of film will be mighty shocked by this all-star adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play, in which Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and others get positively vicious as a dysfunctional Southern clan brought back together.

Inside Llewyn Davis” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — My full review is here. The Coen Brothers’ latest film finally makes it to Madison, telling the story of an irritable ’60s folk singer who only gets more irritable as he senses success passing him by. It’s either the saddest comedy you’ll ever see or the funniest drama, but it’s odd and endearing, and one of the best films of the year.

Her” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — My full review is here. Coming in three spots higher on my 2013 Top 10 list, though, is Spike Jonze’s strange and wonderful film about a man who falls love with his computer – – and his computer seems to fall right back. It’s about the way we live now, sure – but it’s also a complex and moving bonafide romance.

Lone Survivor” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — My full review is here. Peter Berg attempts to atone for “Battleship” by making this gritty true-life war film about four Navy SEALS caught behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.

The Legend of Hercules” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — It’s like a Starz original series come to the big screen, as Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”) directs a “300”-lite swords-and-sandals epic with lots of glistening pecs.

Friday

Sherlock Season 3″ (8 p.m., Central Library, 121 W. Mifflin St.) — Technically not a movie, but tell me this won’t be cool. Not only do you get to see the first 90-minute episode of BBC’s “Sherlock” over a week before it airs on public television, but Forequarter will be serving Holmes-themed drinks all night.

Monday

Out of Africa” (noon, Point and Eastgate) — Marcus Theatres” Oscar series continues with this lavish travelogue starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

An American in Paris” (3:30 p.m. and 10:10 p.m., Eastgate, and 4 and 9:55 p.m, Point) — Gene Kelly is a marvel as an expat painter in France who falls hard for local girl Leslie Caron.

gladiator

Gladiator” (6:40 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — After you see Joaquin Phoenix pitch woo to his MacBook in “Her,” see him as a ruthless young emperor in Ridley Scott’s hack-and-slash epic.

Tuesday

Gladiator” (noon, Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing.

Out of Africa” (3:10 p.m., Point) — See Monday listing

An American in Paris” (3:30 p.m, Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Wednesday

An American in Paris” (noon, Point and Eastgat) — See Monday listing

The Princess Bride” (1:15 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:15 p.m, Sundance Cinemas) — Rob Reiner’s fractured fairy tale is one that young audiences will love – if their parents can stop quoting lines to them non-stop.

Gladiator” (3:10 p.m., 9:55 p.m. Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Out of Africa” (6:25 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Thursday

Out of Africa” (12:30 p.m., 9:55 p.m, Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Gladiator” (4 p.m, Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Gymkata” (6:30 p.m., Madison Central Library) — Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas plays a U.S. spy who must battle in a fictional Eastern Bloc country that seems to have a lot of parallel and uneven bars used in its architecture. They don’t call it “Bad Cinema” for nothing. FREE!

An American in Paris‘ (7:15 p.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

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