Why “The Guest” isn’t staying long in Madison

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Last Friday, two well-reviewed movies, the horror-action movie “The Guest” and the fact-based thriller “Kill the Messenger,” opened at Point Cinemas. This Friday, the “Guest” will be gone, and “Messenger” will be down to two shows a day.

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Instant Gratification: “The Master” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix Instant

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Pick of the week: “The MasterMy full review is here. My favorite movie of 2012 was Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece that puts the lie to the American ideal of the “free-thinking, self-made man.” Anderson’s two men — a physically and emotionally damaged veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) and a charismatic cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) are deeply flawed, but find their flaws fit together in a charged, fascinating way.

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The five movies you need to see in Madison: July 4-10, 2014

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Godzilla: The Original Japanese Version” (Friday, July 4, 7 p.m., Union South Marquee) — There’s something a little . . . perverse . . . about showing the original 1950 Japanese “Godzilla” on Independence Day, given that the big green lizard’s swath of destruction is a metaphor for the devastation Japan suffered five years early at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And, well, that was us. If you’ve only seen the campy color sequels on Saturday afternoon TV or “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” you should check out this haunting version. FREE!

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The five movies you have to see in Madison: June 6-12, 2014

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The Immigrant” (all week, Point Cinemas) — Harvey Weinstein still insists that there was no tension in the editing room between himself and “Immigrant” director James Gray. But the quiet rollout of the film (a press screening was scheduled in Milwaukee at the last minute, then cancelled without explanation at the laster minute)  suggests that all is not well in Harveyland. The thought that the film is being woefully mistreated has rallied a lot of critics to its defense, but the proof is in the movie itself, a lush and grim 1920s drama about a Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) manipulated by men (Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner) after she arrives in New York. Guessing this won’t stick around long, so it’s a must see.

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