Humor amid carnage

The marvelous Benicio del Toro stars in “A Perfect Day,” an assured, grim comedy set amid the carnage of the Bosnian War.

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Welcome back to Planet Coen

The Coen Brothers return to their comic roots in “Hail, Caesar!” a wacky period comedy set in 1950s Hollywood. more »

Feb 4, 2016 5:00 AM Movies



February TV preview: “Vinyl,” “Broad City” and more

February is notoriously cold and dreary, but the forthcoming month’s new and returning television shows will provide the jolt you need to power through the frigid temperatures. Your couch life is about to get a little bit better. more »

Jan 29, 2016 3:00 PM TV & Video

Puppets being human

In the stop-motion wonder “Anomalisa,” a customer service expert finds love amid the numbing sameness of a hotel convention. It’s the latest from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. more »

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

“Dateline NBC” joins media frenzy with own take on the Steven Avery case

In the fourth episode of “Making a Murderer,” a news producer calls the Steven Avery story “the perfect ‘Dateline’ story,” and now the NBC newsmagazine says it’s preparing to air a new segment about the case about the convicted murderer on Jan. 29. more »

Jan 26, 2016 1:34 PM TV & Video 3 Comments


Philippe Halsman

Telling stories with style

This weekend at UW Cinematheque: “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” an ode to the master of suspense and the French New Wave, and "Arabian Nights," one of 2015’s most audacious film projects. more »

Jan 21, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Against all odds

In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s punishing new film, “The Revenant,” Leonardo DiCaprio plays an explorer and fur trapper facing unspeakable torments. more »

Jan 14, 2016 5:00 AM Movies



January TV preview: “Angie Tribeca,” “Billions” and more

Past Januarys have seen a few rare hits (like 2015’s “Empire”) but mostly spectacular misses (like 2014’s “Rake”). Despite the month’s shaky launch history, this season there’s a rather intriguing mix of new shows and returnees. more »

Jan 8, 2016 11:00 AM TV & Video

Irresistible attraction

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara create sparks in director Todd Haynes’ period-perfect romance, “Carol.” more »

Jan 7, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


Jake Joslyn

Movies that missed Madison

There are no physical screenings. But you can tune in to the Missed Madison Film Festival while sitting at your own computer or TV. It’s a collaborative effort by Madison film critics who want to draw attention to films that didn’t screen in Madison. more »

Jan 7, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


Timothy Hughes

From Vader to Video Heaven: Top 5 most popular Screens posts for 2015

The Force was strong in this category. more »

Dec 31, 2015 5:00 AM SCREENS

The saga continues

Craig Johnson was nervous walking into the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He reports, with relief, that the newest episode holds up to the original trilogy. more »

Dec 23, 2015 5:00 AM Movies 1 Comments


Philip Ashby

The best TV shows of 2015

From Don Draper to Amy Schumer to Aziz Ansari, it was a record-breaking year, with 409 original scripted programs on broadcast, cable and online services. That doesn’t even include late-night, daytime or reality programming. more »

Dec 23, 2015 5:00 AM TV & Video

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