What’s playing in Madison theaters: Feb 14-20, 2014


All week

About Last Night” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — The first of two remakes of ’80s romances seems like the much better one, as director Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) and screenwriter Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”) deliver a caustic and funny take on the rom-com.

Endless Love” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — And this would be the lesser one, a drippy-looking remake of the Brooke Shields movie about star-crossed lovers.

Winter’s Tale” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Cinema Cafe) — Mark Helprin’s book is supposed to be great, but Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of the romantic fantasy is supposed to be uber-schmaltzy.

The Armstrong Lie” (Sundance) — Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney intended to make a fluffy film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback. But then the doping scandal broke, and the film digs into the story behind the story.

2014 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary” (Sundance) — My full review is here. The five Oscar-nominated shorts are presented Friday through Sunday only, including “Facing Fear” from UW graduate Jason Cohen.

Gunday” (Star Cinema) — Two Calcutta refugees grow up to become power players and folk heroes in this Bollywood film.


Before Midnight” (7 p.m., Union South Marquee Theatre, 1208 W. Dayton St.) — My full review is here. Have a realistic Valentine’s Day with the third film in Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy, as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) walk and talk — and fight — in Greece. FREE!

Barry Lyndon” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the William Thackeray novel about a picaresque adventurer (Ryan O’Neal) is presented here in a restored print. FREE!

Moonrise Kingdom” (7 p.m., Alicia Ashman Public Library, 733 N. High Point Road) — With “The Grand Budapest Hotel” coming next month, revisit Wes Anderson’s last movie, an enchanting tale of adolescent love amid middle-aged disappointment. FREE!

Short Term 12” (9:30 p.m., Union South) — My full review is here. In an alternate, slightly better reality, Brie Larson is up for an Oscar for her gritty performance as a counselor at a group home for troubled kids who is dealing with her own issues. FREE!


Miss Congeniality” (midnight, Union South) — Sandra Bullock is an FBI agent who goes undercover at a beauty pageant in this 2000 comedy, featuring a great comic performance by Michael Caine. FREE!


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (10 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — My full review is here. This sequel to “The Lightning Thief” feels a little cut-rate, preciously short on both sea and monsters. Only two bucks, though.

Before Sunrise” (6 p.m., Union South) — The Marquee is featuring all three “Before” films in a row, starting with the 1995 first film in which Jesse and Celine spend a magical day together in Vienna. FREE!

The Summer of Flying Fish” (7 p.m, UW Cinematheque) — A double feature of new Chilean films begins with this drama about a rich teen who gets involved in her father’s war against the local natives. FREE!

Before Sunset” (8 p.m., Union South) — Now it’s nine years later, and Jesse and Celine reunite in Paris to talk about what’s happened since last they met — and whether they might have a future together. FREE!

Thursday Till Sunday” (8:45 p.m, UW Cinematheque) — An estranged couple take their kids on a last-ditch road trip across Chile in this elegant road movie. FREE!

Before Midnight” (9:30 p.m., Union South) — They do. See Friday listing.

Supercop” (midnight, Union South) — Some Jackie Chan in his prime, featuring some truly incredible stunts, sounds like a perfect midnight movie. FREE!


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (11 a.m, Point and Eastgate) — See Saturday listings.

Shadow of a Doubt” (2 p.m, Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave.) — Joseph Cotten plays a suspected murderer who returns to his hometown in this film that Hitchcock said was his favorite. FREE!

Before Sunrise” (2 p.m., Union South) — See Saturday listing.

Before Sunset” (4 p.m., Union South) — See Saturday listing.

Before Midnight” (5:30 p.m., Union South) — See Friday listing.


The Hunt” (Monday through Thursday, Point and Eastgate) — My full review is here. Mads Mikkelsen plays a schoolteacher wrongly accused of abuse whose community turns against him in this Oscar-nominated drama.



Guy Maddin on “Loss in the Cinema” (6 p.m, L160 Elvehjem Building, 750 University Ave.) — The director of “My Winnipeg” and “Brand Upon The Brain!” gives a talk on the nature of loss in his films. FREE!

The Burning” (6:30 p.m., Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin) — The library’s Bad Cinema series tackles its first horror film, and of course it takes place at a summer camp. FREE!

Inequality For All” (7 p.m., Union South) — Robert Reich tackles the widening gap between rich and poor in this engaging and eye-opening documentary. FREE!

The Hunt” (9:30 p.m., Union South) — See Monday listing.

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