“We Are The Best!” has its Madison premiere Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St. Tickets are free for museum members and $7 for all others. Not rated, 1:42, three and a half stars out of four.
It would be wonderful if the fictional musicians in Lukas Moodyson’s “We Are The Best!” could go on tour and play some live shows, like the duo from “Once” did. One drawback might be that the bandmates are probably too young to do a world tour. Another hiccup is that they only seem to know one song — and barely that.
1. Pick of the week: “The Boxtrolls” (all week, Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema) — I’m willing to give anything made by Portland-based Laika a pass just because it looks like it takes forever. The animation studio uses stop-motion animation in the tradition of Aardman Studios, giving each frame a loving, handmade feel. Luckily, the movies have been good, too — “Coraline” is a modern classic, and I really liked “ParaNorman” too. “Boxtrolls” is a similarly dark and delightful tale, about bizarre creatures who raise a human boy as their own.
It’s a cycle familiar to Madison movie fans. We pick up the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly or some other national publication and read a review of some cool independent movie on the way. A Jim Jarmusch vampire movie starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston? A comedy about three Swedish middle-school punk rockers? A new Roman Polanski movie based on an acclaimed off-Broadway play? Can’t wait to see it when it comes to Madison.
And then it doesn’t. For reasons only booking agents can understand, the films don’t open in Madison.