“It Felt Like Love”: The lamb tries to chase the wolves


“It Felt Like Love” screens for FREE at the UW-Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave. at 7 p.m. Friday, and writer-director Eliza Hittman will take part in a post-show Q&A via Skype. Not rated, 1:22, two and a half stars out of four.

The dread that parents might feel about what their “little girl” is up to at night gets full flower in Eliza Hittman’s disturbing feature “It Felt Like Love.” Lila, at 14, is bombarded by imagery that sexualizes young women, from the lyrics on the rap songs she listens to to the suggestive dance routine her classmates rehearse. And then there are the boys, teenagers who are relentlessly charming in their quest to coax their girlfriends into bed.

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“Le Week-End”: Marital fights in the City of Lights


“Le Week-End” opens Friday in Madison at Sundance Cinemas. I’ll host a post-show discussion after the 6:50 p.m. show on Tuesday, May 13. R, 1:43, three stars out of four.

Beware the trailer for “Le Week-End,” which sells the film as a fizzy romantic comedy for the older set, its stars romancing their way through Paris. In fact, Roger Michell’s acidic and poignant film is less “Before Sunrise” and more “Before Midnight.”

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You’re gettin’ even while I’m gettin’ odd: Revenge goes awry in “Blue Ruin”


In “Star Trek,” the Klingons have a saying: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” If that’s true, then Dwight, the hapless revenge seeker in the indie thriller “Blue Ruin,” overcooks his revenge in the microwave, takes it out without an oven mitt, burns his fingers and drops it on the ground where it is immediately beset upon by fire ants.

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Instant Gratification: “Metallica: Through The Never” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix Instant


Pick of the week: “Metallica Through The Never — As if still fearing that they were wussified in the excellent and revealing documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” one of hard rock’s greatest living bands embraces the myth in this film, which mixes impressive live concert footage (shot in 3D for theaters) with a bonzo narrative about a young roadie who has to fight demon hordes to get a mysterious bag. (The roadie is played by the fine Dane DeHaan, currently seen as Harry Osborne in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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“Honey”: Just a spoonful of miele helps the medicine go down


“Honey” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. Not rated, 1:36, three stars out of four.

American movie audiences may know Valeria Golino primarily for having Charlie Sheen fry an egg on her belly in 1990’s “Hot Shots.” After a career in Hollywood, she went back to Italy for more serious roles, and now is making a strong debut as a director with “Honey.”

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The five movies you have to see in Madison: May 2-8, 2014


The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (all week, Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — It’s a rainy Friday with a high of 57 degrees, which can only mean one thing — it’s summer movie season in Wisconsin! After months of promos (and some not very kind early reviews), the sequel to the reboot of the film version of the comic book is here. For Madisonians, the big draw is that hometown by Marc Webb returns as director — the first “Amazing” was most notable for its sweet and funny relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. In the sequel, which has at least three villains and all sorts of connections to the larger Marvelverse, I hope that doesn’t get lost in the CGI shuffle.

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“Blue Ruin”: Blood isn’t so simple in a fantastic thriller


“Blue Ruin” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. R, 1:32, four stars out of four.

Dwight is nobody’s idea of an assassin. A vagrant with a dirty, sweaty beard, scared-puppy eyes, and a slight frame, Dwight (Macon Blair) looks like he would have to work hard to make it as an innocent bystander, let alone a killer.

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