James Kreul

Luc Besson creates a new type of comic cinema in the breathtaking “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” based on the French series. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Movies 1 Comments

After an inspiring first act, “Baby Driver” goes off a cliff. But director Edgar Wright’s blend of music and cinematic technique still qualifies the film as one of the summer’s best action flicks. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Don’t go in expecting a conventional horror film. “It Comes at Night,” from director Edward Shults, delivers an unexpected and unsettling dread as a father tries to protect his family from a mysterious plague. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS


Tommy Washbush

Despite hyperbole on social media, AMC Dine-In Madison 6 might end up being a lot like Sundance, with even more Asian cinema. James Kreul crunches some numbers to get past the knee-jerk reactions. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

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

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM , , Movies

It’s worth standing in line for some of the powerful films that are part of the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Restorations and Rediscoveries series. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

The Brazilian film “Aquarius” is often understood in political terms, but its portrayal of an older woman’s romantic life is more compelling than its commentary on capitalism. more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

UW-Cinematheque screens a revival of 1991’s “Daughters of the Dust,” the first feature film by an African American woman to receive wide distribution. It was inspired by filmmaker Julie Dash’s Gullah ancestors. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Mehrdad Oskouei’s “Starless Dreams” takes the audience inside an Iranian juvenile detention center. The result is an intimate portrait of troubled and transgressive young women. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

In “Mimosas,” a Cannes prize-winner showing at UW-Cinematheque Feb. 3, two characters on very different spiritual journeys travel through the mountains of Morocco. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

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

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

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

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