Instant Gratification: “Begin Again” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix


Pick of the week: “Begin Again— It’s not “Once.” It’s not “Sing Street.” But I would argue that John Carney’s second feature, starring Mark Ruffalo as a down-on-his-luck music producer who thinks he’s found a star in singer-songwriter Keira Knightley, does capture the joyful spirit of music and creation. The Cee Lo cameo is ill-advised in retrospect, of course.

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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.

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