The five movies you need to see in Madison: July 11-17, 2014


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (all week, Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema , Sundance) — In the subgenre of “reboots that are better than they have any reason to be,” the last two “Apes” movies stand alongside the “jump Street” movies. The word on this sequel, set 10 years after the events in “Rise” after a simian virus has decimated the human population, apes and humans find themselves in an  uneasy and easily breakable truce.

“The Double” (Friday, July 11, 7 p.m., Union South Marquee)  — My full review is here.  RIchard Ayoade, formerly an actor on “The IT Crowd,” has become one of Britain’s most exciting directors, first with the coming-of-age film “Submarine” and now with this dazzling piece of slapstick Kafka, as a timid man (Jesse Eisenberg) finds his life usurped by a cocky doppelganger. FREE!

Begin Again” (all week, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — Movies usually get musicians wrong, so 2006’s “Once” was a breath of fresh air, a scrappy film about two talented musicians. Director John Carney follows up eight years later with another film about musicians, this time a promising singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley), her much more famous boyfriend (Adam Levine), and the industry guy (Mark Ruffalo) who wants to make her a star.

Speciesism” (Tuesday, July 15, 5:30 p.m, Lakeview Library, 2845 N. Sherman Blvd.) — The Madison premere of a documentary that looks at animal cruelty on factory farms, as filmmaker Mark DeVries talks to animal rights activists and philosophers about the broader implications of how we treat animals. FREE!

Sister Street Fighter” (Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m., Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin) — Sure, there are plenty of bad movies released in the summer, but they don’t hold a candle to the library’s monthly Bad Cinema series. This month, it’s the 1974 grindhouse classic, as a female martial arts who tries to free her brother (also a street fighter) from the clutches of the bad guys (“The danger is real. The love is real,” intones the trailer.) Actually, this doesn’t sound bad at all!  FREE!




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