What’s playing in Madison theaters, Jan. 24-30, 2014


All week

I, Frankenstein” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — Didn’t realize Frankenstein had such a firm grasp of grammar. Also didn’t realize that he was so hunky, at least in the persona of demonslayer Aaron Eckhart, who probably doesn’t throw a little girl in the lake in this one.

Gimme Shelter” (Point) — My full review is here. Vanessa Hudgens delivers a surprisingly gritty turn as a pregnant homeless teen, but the movie around here is a stiff and preachy drama aimed at the pro-life crowd.

Jai Ho” (Star Cinema) — A benevolent soldier and his friends wage war against the corrupt politician who has betrayed them in this Bollywood film.


Hunger” (6 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre, 1208 W. Dayton) — “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen’s collaborations with Michael Fassbender began with this chilling but strangely beautiful film about IRA members on a hunger strike in prison. FREE!

Time of Eve” (6:45 p.m., Alicia Ashman Public Library, 733 N. High Point Blvd.) — Alicia Ashman’s Anime Club has for years been the only place to see big-screen anime in Madison, as in this film about teens living in a world of android servants. FREE!;

Camille Claudel 1915” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — My full review is here. Cinematheque presents the Madison premiere of this drama starring Juliette Binoche as the famous artist, imprisoned in an insane asylum. FREE!

Prisoners” (8:30 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — When his daughter is kidnapped, a grieving father (Hugh Jackman) goes Abu Ghraib on the man he thinks is responsible in this brutal drama. FREE!

Rocky Horror Picture Show” (midnight, Majestic Theatre) — Do the Time Warp yet again with the ultimate in cult classics, with live actors helping if you’re not sure when to jump to the left.

Enter the Dragon” (midnight, Union South Marquee Theatre) — The great John Saxon — John Saxon! — stars in this martial arts action film, along with some guy named Bruce.



Abduction of Eden” — (10:15 a.m., Madison Central Library) — The SlaveFree Madison Film Festival looks at issues involving human trafficking and teens, with three films playing Saturday afternoon at the library’s main branch. The first follows a teenager imprisoned in the commercial sex trade who must gain her captor’s trust in order to escape. A panel discussion with local law enforcement will follow. (All three films will screen again next Saturday at the Fitchburg Public Library.) FREE!

Make Room For Youth” — (12:15 p.m., Madison Central Library) — The second SlaveFree film looks at local homeless youth in Dane County, and will be followed by a panel discussion of outreach advocates. FREE!

The Harvest” — (2 p.m., Madison Central Library) — This award-winning documentary looks at teen migrant workers who must sacrifice their childhoods to support their families.

Prisoners” (6 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — See Friday listing. FREE!

The Great Gatsby” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque) — Leo and Jay-Z are nowhere to be find in this little-seen 1949 adaptation of F. Scott”s novel, which plays up the gangster subplot to make something approaching a film noir. FREE!

Alias Nick Beal” (8:45 p.m., UW Cinematheque) — In this noir twist on the Faust legend, an upstanding politician makes a pact with a scheming criminal (Ray Milland) to raise his fortunes. FREE!

The World’s End” (9:30 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — My full review is here. Edgar Wright caps off the Cornetto Trilogy with this tale of a fortysomething loser who drags his friends back to their hometown for one last night of debauchery — only to find there’s something weird going on. FREE!

A Fish Called Wanda” (midnight, Union South Marquee Theatre) — “Re-re-re-venge!” The highwater mark of non-Monty Python films featuring Python actors is this incredibly funny and quotable caper comedy with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis, and hyper-American Kevin Kline. FREE!


The 39 Steps” (2 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave.) — This semester, Cinematheque at the Chazen opens its doors to the Master of Suspense, showing Alfred Hitchcock Films every Sunday. This weekend its the original British version of the thriller about an agent trying to bust up a rival spy organization. FREE!

The World’s End” (3 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — See Saturday listing


Schindler’s List” (noon at Eastgate, noon and 6:35 p.m. Point) — Marcus Theatres continues its Oscar series with Steven Spielberg’s harrowing film of one man’s act of good against overwhelming evil.

The Sting” (3:45 p.m., Point, 4:06 and 7 Eastgate) — One of the most entertaining Oscar winners is this masterful caper film featuring Robert Redford and Paul Newman in their prime, trying to outsmart a gangster (Robert Shaw).


Carrie” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — You’re invited to see Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s classic thriller, in which somebody’s prom actually went worse than yours did. FREE!

The Departed” (10 p.m. Eastgate, 10:25 p.m. Point) — It kind of falls apart at the end there, but for a good stretch Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of “Infernal Affairs” is wildly entertaining.


The Sting” (noon at Point, 10:05 p.m. at Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Schindler’s List” (noon and 6:35 p.m. Point, noon at Eastgate) — See Monday listing


The Departed” (noon and 5:45 p.m. Point, noon Eastgate) –See Monday listing

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1, 7, 9:20 p.m. Sundance) — As a very funny comedy, a salute to Chicago and a reminder that warm weather will return someday, this John Hughes classic is hard to beat.

The Sting” (3 p.m. Point, 4 and 7:05 p.m. Eastgate) — See Monday listing

A Polite Bribe” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — This documentary goes behind scripture to look at how the early Christian movement, splintered after the death of Christ, was held together by St. Paul. FREE!

Schindler’s List” (8:45 p.ml. Point, 10:05 p.m. Eastgate) — See Monday listing


Schindler’s List” (noon, Point and Eastgate) — See Monday listing

The Departed” (3:50 p.m. Point, and 4:05 p.m. Eastgate) — See Monday listing

Firmament Films Short Film Showcase (4 p.m. Madison Central Library) — The filmmaking group from southern Wisconsin will present a collection of their short films, and will be on hand to answer questions. FREE!

The Sting” (6:50 and 9:50 p.m. Point, 7 and 10:05 p.m., Eastgate, 4:05 p.m. Point) — See Monday listing

The Act of Killing” (9:30 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre) — My full review is here. Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated documentary looks at atrocities in Indonesia by inviting the perpetrators to reenact their killings as if they were characters in a movie. FREE!

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