The five movies you have to see in Madison: Oct. 10-16, 2014

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1. “Kill the Messenger” (All week, Point) — Jeremy Renner plays journalist Gary Webb, who caught wind of a story that the CIA was complicit (or at least turning a blind eye) to drugs from Central America flooding urban cities. Webb was hounded by the government and his fellow journalists for holes in the story and eventually disgraced. It will be interesting to see how the film by Michael Cuesta plays such a nuanced tale.

2. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (2 p.m. Sunday, Chazen Museum of Art) — Put me down for Hitchcock’s remake of his own film, starring Jimmy Stewart as an ordinary man snared in an assassination conspiracy, as one of his best pure entertainments. If you disagree, well, que sera, sera. FREE!

3. “Venus in Fur” (7 p.m. Wednesday, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art) — The Spotlight Cinema series presents the Madison premiere of Roman Polanski’s latest. If you thought “Carnage” seemed stage-y, check out Polanski’s latest play-to-movie adaptation, a one-set, two-character war of wills between a theater director (Matthiew Almaric) and a mysterious actress (Emmanuelle Seigner). FREE for museum members, $7 for all others.

4. “Mauvais Sang” (7 p.m. Saturday, UW-Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall) — This fall’s Cinematheque season includes a Leos Carax double bill, including this 1986 genre-hopping classic starring Juliette Binoche and Carax favorite Denis Lavant as lovers in a futuristic Paris. Check out the iconic tracking shot of Lavant racing down the street to the strains of David Bowie’s “Modern Love — it was paid homage to in Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha.”

5. “Wetlands” (all week, Sundance) — My full review is here. Brace yourself for this very strange, often funny, occasionally revolting German comedy about a teenage girl with a deep obsession for her own nether regions. If nothing else, this movie will certainly motivate you to clean the bathroom this weekend.

 

“Mauvais Sang”

“Wetlands”

 

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