Craig Johnson

Cinephiles get ready: Isthmus critics review some promising offerings from the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM , , Movies

Madison audiences will get a chance to see Oscar winner "The Salesman" and several other notables at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM Movies


Chris Roberts

Isthmus talks to cult filmmaker and author John Waters in advance of “A John Waters Christmas” at the Barrymore Theatre. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

Where else can you see a montage of videos about Satan and Jesus? Or Burt Reynolds attempting an Indian accent? This year’s Found Footage Festival returns to the Barrymore Theatre Nov. 26. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

It sounds too precious: Goth siblings grow up to become a nun and a soldier. But in the deft hands of director Zach Clark, “Little Sister” is a quiet, vibrant look at a modern family. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

The Wisconsin premiere of an award-winning documentary, “Medicine of the Wolf,” screens as part of Wolf Awareness Week. The film screens one time only on Oct. 19 at the Barrymore Theatre. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Watching the new documentary “Starving the Beast” is as painful as watching a nerd get slapped for 94 minutes. It portrays a barrage of assaults on higher education, including the University of Wisconsin. more

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

UW Cinematheque kicks off a Brian De Palma series with “De Palma,” a documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow that lets the filmmaker speak for himself. more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


Steve Concotelli

It’s one of the most iconic movie props of all time: the DeLorean, which delivered Marty McFly across 130 years and three movies. A new documentary from a UW-Madison alum follows the process of restoring the vehicle. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

New Zealand-based filmmaker Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”) has done it again. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is an old-fashioned odd-couple comedy delivered with flair. more

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

She’ll be picking up swords in “King Lear” and playing a significant role in “An Ideal Husband.” Acting apprentice Jade Payton is learning the ropes from the veteran actors by working onstage at American Players Theatre this summer. more

Jun 30, 2016 6:00 AM Stage

UW Cinematheque’s “French Tough Guys” series heats up this summer with memorable cinematic fisticuffs and chases. more

Jun 16, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

What happens when humans behave and live like apes? Or when Madisonians see a movie about a beloved recording studio? Craig Johnson, of Blame Society’s “Welcome to the Basement,” checks out the first weekend of the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 18, 2016 4:20 PM Movies

While some popular flicks have been sold out, there’s still plenty of chances to catch titles you won’t see anywhere else at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival. Here, Isthmus critics weigh in on some films that have the power to captivate or disturb. more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , Movies

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

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s weekly Spotlight Cinema series puts a focus on international film and gives us an idea of what’s going on beyond the usual multiplex fare. more

Oct 15, 2015 9:30 AM Movies

William “Dub” Lawrence is a former cop investigating excessive force. In the documentary “Peace Officer,” he stands astride the two worlds, seeking a rebalance of justice. more

Oct 9, 2015 2:00 PM Movies

MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema series features “Jafar Panahi’s Taxi,” filmed clandestinely by a banned Iranian filmmaker. The taxi-bound movie creates excitement within its small confines. more

Oct 2, 2015 11:00 AM Movies


Mike Merg

The great thing about walking my dog is it’s given me the opportunity to find all the art around the east end of Williamson Street. Over the last year, I’ve worked out what one might call an art crawl through my little corner of Madison. more

Sep 28, 2015 2:04 PM Isthmus Annual Manual

When Jon Stewart bid farewell to “The Daily Show” with a parade of correspondents, there was a new face: “Senior Evil Correspondent” Darth Vader. He had a certain snarky, annoyed cadence reminiscent of younger brother Chad, and for good reason. more

Aug 13, 2015 4:05 PM TV & Video