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

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All week

Need for Speed” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — Reviews have been all over the map for this action movie — most critics think it’s a loud, dumb videogame adaptation, but some think it’s a genuinely good film, with real (not CGI) stunts and Aaron Paul in an effective lead role.

The Single Moms’ Club” (Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — Is it a good thing or a bad thing if Tyler Perry directs a movie and doesn’t put his name before the title? I don’t think I’ll ever find out.

Veronica Mars” (Star Cinema) — You wanted it, you Kickstarted it, you got it as the cult TV show gets a big-screen treatment, as Veronica (Kirsten Bell) returns home from law school to investigate a possible murder, with all your favorite characters as suspects.

Tim’s Vermeer” (Sundance) — My full review is here. Penn & Teller make an unexpected and fascinating documentary about an inventor friend of theirs who became obsessed with Vermeer’s work, and determined to paint a Vermeer himself.

Better Living Through Chemistry” (Sundance) — My full review is here. The “Sam Rockwell is good in everything” truism is sorely tested in this wan comedy noir, with Rockwell playing a frustrated pharmacist who falls for a scheming housewife (Olivia Wilde).

Friday

Bugs Bunny Forever” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — Bring the kids to see the latest in the C’tek’s restoration series, a collection of classic Merry Melodies and Looney Tunes shorts restored to their original sidesplitting lustre. FREE!

Watchtower” (7 p.m., Madison Public Library Pinney Branch, 204 Cottage Grove Road) — Two Turkish citizens who have isolated themselves following traumatic events make a hesitant connection in this drama. FREE!

Pulp Fiction” (8:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre, 115 King St.) — It’s coming up on 20 years for Quentin Tarantino’s wildly entertaining, bloody, time hopping masterpiece. Admission is just $5.

Saturday

Walking With Dinosaurs” (10 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — The BBC series was a landmark broadcast, but this attempt to cash-in with a lame kids’ film tanked with old and young alike. Two dollars, though.

Chocolat” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque) — Not the fanciful romance where Johnny Depp plays a gypsy, this Claire Denis drama continues her fascination with Africa in telling the story of an immigrant who returns home to Cameroon. FREE!

Sunday

Walking With Dinosaurs” (11 a.m., Point and Eastgate) — See Saturday listing.

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Rear Window” (2 p.m., Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave.) — This just played last week at Sundance, and the classic Hitchcock thriller with James Stewart as a laid-up photographer who thinks he witnesses a murder is now part of the Cinematheque at the Chazen Hitch series. FREE!

The Men of Dodge City” and “The Other Men of Dodge City” (7 p.m., UW Cinematheque) — The latest installment of the Micro-Wave Cinema series features two cuts of the same film, with a post-show chat (via Skype) with the filmmakers afterwards. FREE!

We Do It” (8 p.m., Majestic Theatre) — Alumni Boardshop presents its fourth skateboarding documentary, shot right here in Madison. A $5 donation goes towards the Madison Skatepark Fund, and DJ Vilas Park Sniper will provide the tunes before and after the show.

Monday

Cabaret” (Monday through Thursday, Point and Eastgate) — Marcus Theatres’ musical March continues with Bob Fosse’s adaptation of the musical about a nightclub in pre-World War II Germany.

How to Live Forever” (2 p.m., Madison Public Library Alicia Ashman Branch, 733 N. High Point Blvd.) — This documentary interviews vibrant seniors to get their secrets on longevity, including 94-year-old fitness expert Jack Lalanne. FREE!

Wednesday

The Grapes of Wrath” (1:25 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sundance Cinemas) — Whenever there’s a John Ford adaptation of a John Steinbeck classic, I’ll be there. Whenever Henry Fonda stars as Tom Joad and gives a famous closing speech, I’ll be there too, Ma.

Thursday

Roller Boogie” (7 p.m., Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.) — It’s still too slushy and cold to get out those rollerblades, so do the next best thing with Bad Cinema’s latest offering,

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