The five movies you have to see in Madison: Nov. 7-13, 2014


1. “Goodbye to Language” (7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, Point Cinemas) — I’ve seen people on Facebook saying they’re driving up from Chicago to Madison to catch this rare screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s new film, rare because it’s the French New Wave master’s first 3D film. Godard is attempting to prove that 3D isn’t just for the “Godzillas” of the world, and in that vein, this screening is a fundraiser to buy a 3D projector for the UW-Cinematheque, so they can show arthouse films like Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” or Wim Wenders’ “Pina” in glorious 3D. Tickets are $20. Don’t miss out.

2. “Interstellar” (all week, Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — My full review is here.  I saw Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic on 35mm film at Sundance on Tuesday, and on Friday the film opens everywhere in digital. I think I want to go back again to see the film’s jaw-dropping visuals on IMAX. If nothing else, Nolan’s grand celluloid experiment has clued casual moviegoers in on the rapid switch from film to digital that happened right under their noses in the past two years.

3. “Driftless Film Festival” (Thursday to Monday, Mineral Point Opera House, 139 High St, Mineral Point) — The fifth annual festival brings together some fine films to Wisconsin’s lovely Driftless region, this year with all films taking place at Mineral Point’s gorgeous Opera House. Films this year include the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself” (7 p.m. Thursday), the heartfelt music documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On” (8 p.m. Friday), an afternoon of Wisconsin-made shorts (3 p.m. Saturday), the critically acclaimed art forger documentary “Art and Craft” (7 p.m. Sunday) and the riveting political thriller “1971” (7 p.m. Monday). A full schedule and tickets are available at, including a $30 all-festival pass that gets you into everything!

4. “Laggies” (all week, Point) — This seems like a classic fall-through-the-cracks booking, an indie with big stars but no ad campaign at the multiplex. But don’t let it slip away — writer-director Lynn Shelton (“Humpday,” “My Sister’s Sister”) makes some great, naturalistic comedy-dramas, and this film about a twentysomething woman (Keira Knightley) who retreats into the world of teenagerdom looks like a charmer.

5. “WUD Celtic Film Festival” (Saturday and Sunday, Union South Marquee Theatre, 1308 W. Dayton St.) — The Union South Marquee Theatre turns itself over to two days of movies from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and more, including the crime thriller “Jump” (9 p.m. Saturday), the mockumentary “Two Days in October” (5 p.m. Sunday) and “Good Vibrations,” a documentary about a music lover who opens a Belfast punk record shop at the height of the Troubles. FREE!

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