The five movies you have to see in Madison: Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2014


Ghostbusters” (all week, Eastgate and Star Cinema, and Wednesday at Sundance) — Even though it’s one of my favorite movies of the ’80s, and I vividly remember seeing it at a late-night screening opening night in high school, I kinda hope this 30th anniversary revival tanks. Because we don’t need another “Ghostbusters” movie (we really didn’t even need the second one), and nobody seems to want it except Dan Ackroyd. (Although an all-female version directed by Paul Feig is certainly the least bad idea out there for a reboot.) Anyway, it’s still “Ghostbusters,” and still lots of fun to watch.

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“Calvary”: Forgive me, Father, for I will sin


“Calvary” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. R, 1:40, three stars out of four.

John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” has a corker of an opening scene. Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a kindly village priest in County Sligo, is in the confession box, and an unseen parishioner walks in. He tells how he was sexual abused by another  priest as a boy. The man then vows to kill the good priest in one week as revenge against the church.

“It’s certainly a startling opening line,” Father James responds drily.

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