James Kreul

A 16th-century epic poem gets the Bollywood treatment in "Padmaavat." The tale of a power-hungry Muslim sultan’s quest to capture a Hindu princess. more

Feb 8, 2018 5:01 AM Movies

Eighty-nine-year old French film legend Agnés Varda traverses the French countryside with photo-muralist JR in an unlikely road trip film “Faces Places.” more

Jan 25, 2018 5:00 AM Movies

For as little as $9.95 a month you can see a movie a day in Madison’s first-run theater. James Kreul looks back at a month in Madison’s cinemas and wonders about the impact of such models on the future of the industry. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS 5 Comments

Frances McDormand delivers a spectacularly abrasive performance as a grieving mother in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Playfulness and intimacy feature prominently in “On the Beach at Night Alone,” a new film from the prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo. It’s at MMoCA Nov. 29. more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Alejandro Jodorowsky, one of cinema’s great “enfants terribles,” softens a bit in “Endless Poetry,” a follow-up to 2013’s autobiographical dreamscape “The Dance of Reality.” But the film still dances with joy and strangeness. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

This month, UW Cinematheque and WUD are hosting filmmaker Charles Burnett, who will make two appearances in conjunction with UW Cinematheque’s focus on restorations of important films by African Americans. more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Steven Soderbergh is back in action with a fun, Southern-style caper, “Logan Lucky.” It’s not deep, but it’s structured as efficiently as a well-planned heist. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

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