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Had your fill of superhero films? You might want to check out MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema, Friday nights in June. This series has everything from tap dancing to collage, and some of the offerings might blow your mind. more

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Film critic Craig Johnson reports from the first weekend of the Wisconsin Film Festival. He loves the new trailers, which include dozens of local musicians interpreting a theme, and says it’s not too late to catch great second screenings. more

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Isthmus film critic Craig Johnson reviews three films screening at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival: “Hal,” “Vampire Clay” and “Clara’s Ghost.” more

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Paulius Musteikis

You can’t tell from the outside, but the interior of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is a sprawling and breathtaking work of Byzantine iconography. It’s all the work of one artist, David Giffey, who’s been painting it since 1979. more

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The long-awaited next installment in the Star Wars saga has arrived. It’s got themes galore and a dynamic conflict between heroine Rey and villain Kylo Ren. But it gets bogged down by clumsy pacing and dialogue, writes Craig Johnson. more

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“Brigsby Bear,” starring SNL’s Kyle Mooney as a bunker survivor, crystallizes our ever-growing bond to entertainment into a film that is larger than life. more

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Rommel Ruiz

Experimental theater is alive and well in a small church outside Spring Green, where the founders of Theatre de l’Ange Fou are staging shows and collaborating with modern dancers from Madison. more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre has made major improvements to its Hill Theatre and lobby. All the magic and romance is still there, but the space is more functional and practical. more

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Can you figure out how all of Wisconsin Union Directorate’s summer Terrace films are connected to Samuel L. Jackson? Pull up a metal chair and figure it out while waiting to watch Lakeside Cinema on Monday nights. more

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Anchored by a superb performance by Cynthia Nixon as poet Emily Dickinson, Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion” rises above the biopic formula. more

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“Take Me” is a new low-budget comic thriller from first-time director Pat Healy. Its Midwestern premiere is at Cinematheque May 12. more

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

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

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Chris Roberts

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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