1. “Rosewater” (all week, Point and Sundance) — Jon Stewart’s debut as a director is an earnest and fact-based tale of an Iran-born journalist who gets swept up and arrested while covering the 2009 protests, and endures a barrage of interrogation from his captor. But critics say Stewart has found the humor and heart in potentially heavy subject matter, and the film even has some moments of absurd comedy. There’s a special preview screening Thursday night at Point featuring a live broadcast Q&A with Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
2. “Escape From New York” (7 p.m. Monday, Union South Marquee Theatre, 1308 W. Dayton St.) — John Carpenter’s gritty and fun 1981 futuristic action film has an irresistible B-movie premise — Manhattan has been turned into a giant prison, and the government hires bank robber Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to rescue the president when his plane goes down. From gladiatoral games to land mines on the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s a great choice for the latest Marquee Mondays offering from the UW-Cinematheque. FREE!
3. “Rare Hitchcock” (2 p.m. Sunday, Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave.) — The Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen series’ year-long tribute to Alfred Hitchock digs deep for this collection of rare Hitch, Everything from propaganda films Hitchcock made for the British during World War II to test footage for a never-made ’60s thriller, “Kaleidoscope,” will be included. FREE!
4. “Facing Fear” (7 p.m. Tuesday, UW-Hillel, 611 Langdon St.) — UW graduate Jason Cohen is returning to Madison for this screening of his Oscar-nominated short documentary, about two men who met in a violent confrontation years earlier — Matthew Boger was a homeless gay teen, Tim Zaal a vicious skinhead. Reunited by chance as adults, the men tentatively try and figure out if forgiveness is possible. Cohen will talk about the film, and he’s brought Boger and Zaal along with him to talk about their experiences as well. FREE!
5. “The One I Love” (7 p.m. Thursday, Union South Marquee Theatre, 1308 W. Dayton St.) — The UW Mini Indie Film Festival kicks off next week with this film, about an estranged couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) who grudgingly decide to go to a country house owned by their therapist (Ted Danson) to work on things for a weekend. And — without spoiling anything — let’s just say some very strange things happen. I’ll go into a lot more detail “The One I Love” and the rest of the excellent festival next week, but just a heads up that it’s coming and it’s all FREE!