James Kreul

2016 has been a banner year for Madison’s foreign film audiences, and a boom in global popular cinema has led to a spike in local offerings. But crunching the numbers leads to several surprising findings, writes James Kreul. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Art cinema lovers shouldn’t miss UW-Cinematheque’s screening of “Sixty Six,” a compilation of 12 of Lewis Klahr’s mesmerizing film collages. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

The epic Western “Heaven’s Gate” was a critical disaster when it was released in 1980. Despite its flaws, the revival at UW Cinematheque is one of the most visually arresting films you’ll see all year, writes film critic James Kreul. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

You have just two chances to see “NUTS!” a boldly irreverent documentary about a doctor who built an empire on a goat testicle impotence cure during the Great Depression. Isthmus critic James Kreul reviews. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Madison’s adventurous Micro-Wave Cinema Series continues with “collective:unconscious,” where five independent filmmakers interpret each other’s dreams. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

It’s a shame Madison cinephiles will only have one chance to see “Kaili Blues,” the mesmerizing feature debut from Chinese poet Bi Gan. It’s at MMoCA on Oct. 12. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Todd Solondz taps into the humor of dysfunctional relationships with mixed results in “Weiner-Dog,” four stories linked by a dachshund. more

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

If you’ve had enough of summer’s CGI blockbusters, head to the rooftop of MMoCA on Friday nights in June for its series of artisanal animated short films. You’ll catch a breath of fresh air, in more ways than one. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

There’s a little bit of everything at this year’s Wisconsin Film Fest, as programmers have turned to longtime staples while also following recent trends. Here are four films that can act as starting points for those overwhelmed by the schedule. more

Mar 31, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


Philippe Halsman

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


Kino Lorber

”The Forbidden Room” is a rich, visually textured experience from Canadian provocateur Guy Maddin. more

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 AM Movies

​Vanessa Renwick’s DIY attitude is reflected on her website, where the experimental filmmaker calls herself the “founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass.” She stops by UW’s Cinematheque on Oct. 29. more

Oct 22, 2015 5:00 AM Movies

Jennifer Reeder’s films are considered experimental, but they aren’t as out there as you might expect. The filmmaker’s trio of shorts called "Blood Below the Skin: Films by Jennifer Reeder," will be featured at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 9, 2015 2:30 PM Movies

The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival runs from April 9-16, screening more than 150 titles and providing a boost to Madison’s economy. Here is a sampling of the diverse offerings that caught the attention of Isthmus reviewers. more

Apr 2, 2015 5:05 AM , , , Movies

Even if you have all the money in the world, you'll never have enough time to explore every corner of the globe. Luckily, you can travel vicariously through the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival, which transports you to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and a perplexing orgy in France. It also tells stories from parts of Wisconsin you may never have seen. more

Mar 27, 2014 2:00 PM , , Movies

Despite the ongoing conversion to digital media in almost all forms of filmmaking, Laura A. Stewart is still inspired to use 16 mm film. Last year she received her MFA in film, video and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded the William Merchant R. French Fellowship for outstanding MFA thesis. I chatted with Stewart about her thesis film, "Shooter and Whitley", a hybrid documentary about motorcycle-club culture in Green Bay. more

Mar 18, 2014 9:39 PM Movies

"When you record a special, that should be your victory lap," Randy Sklar explained in a recent episode of "Sklarbro Country", the biweekly podcast he hosts with his bespectacled twin brother, Jason. "You've done the work to get [the material] there. The show itself should be pure fun: you and your fans enjoying it." more

Feb 20, 2014 3:00 PM Comedy

"I don't believe in ghosts," says Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, "but when ghosts appear in film or literature, they are the positive record of something missing, a loss." The Winnipeg native, whose films include "The Saddest Music in the World" (2003) and "Keyhole" (2011), both featuring Isabella Rossellini, will elaborate on the concept of loss in cinema in a series of free public events organized by the UW Cinematheque and the Material Culture program. more

Feb 20, 2014 3:00 PM Movies

Many fans of blockbuster franchises have had Dec. 20 marked on their calendars for a long time. This isn't the debut of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug". It's the Indian release date for "Dhoom 3", one of the most anticipated Bollywood films of 2013. You don't need to travel to a big city to see it, either. AMC Star Fitchburg 18 has recognized the growing appeal of big-budget Indian films as of late. more

Nov 7, 2013 3:00 PM Movies

Whether you associate animation with Saturday mornings from your youth or the latest Disney creation, chances are good that you think of it as children's entertainment. Foreign-language films often come with the opposite assumption: that they're not suitable for kids, or that they can't hold kids' attention. more

Feb 14, 2013 3:00 PM Movies

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