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

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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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UW Lakeside Cinema’s summer 2014 series feels like the very first time

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It’s a summer of sequels — not only “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the sequel to a reboot of a series that already had a “Spider-Man 2,” but “22 Jump Street,” “Step Up All In,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Think Like a Man Too,” “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” “Expendables 3” and more.

So the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee, which sponsors the Lakeside Cinema free outdoor movie series Monday nights on the UW-Madison Terrace, had an original idea. Why not just show the original movies?

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