Wild and Scenic Film Festival hopes to inspire future water protectors. Former UW-Oshkosh student Luke Stevens’ documentary is on the bill. more

Mar 15, 2018 5:00 AM Movies

The documentary “Circle Up” explores the potential of Native American-style talking circles in restorative justice initiatives. Members of the Dane County Timebank hope the film will inspire Madison to expand the programs in operation here. more

Mar 8, 2018 5:00 AM Movies

Sustainable farmers and seed savers are highlighted in the Food and Farms Film Festival. more

Mar 8, 2018 5:00 AM Movies

Are you fully prepared for the March 4 Academy Awards? Here are some more excerpts from Isthmus reviews of the Best Picture nominees. more

Mar 1, 2018 5:00 AM , Movies

Get ready for the March 4 Academy Awards with this handy guide to Isthmus’ reviews of the Best Picture nominees. more

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You don’t have to throw a dart at the Oscar pool chart. Check out this handy guide to the Oscar-nominated animated shorts and live-action shorts. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Movies

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is a fantastic visual spectacle and so much more: It gives us a taste of what humanity might achieve if we were dedicated to science, peaceful progress and equality. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Movies

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

Director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” is a revisionist Western that revises the genre right back into the white man’s perspective. Christian Bale portrays a “good soldier,” and the Native Americans are one-dimensional. more

Feb 1, 2018 5:00 AM Movies 1 Comments

Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis reunite for Day-Lewis’ final screen performance. It’s a masterwork on all accounts. more

Jan 25, 2018 5:00 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

“Call Me by Your Name” is languid and tender coming of age story set in the Italian countryside. It features perfect performances by Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg. more

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Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” sizzles with all the excitement of an action movie. It’s a compelling and relevant story anchored by terrific performances by Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM SCREENS

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Jessica Chastain is absolutely badass as a former competitive skier who runs exclusive high-stakes poker games for rich assholes. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM SCREENS

After Kevin Spacey was bumped from “All the Money in the World,” Christopher Plummer steps in to triumph as billionaire J. Paul Getty, who resists paying ransom after his grandson is kidnapped. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM SCREENS


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Isthmus arts and culture editor Catherine Capellaro looks back at a year where she found hope and faith in humanity through art. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:01 AM A & E

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

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS

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

“The Disaster Artist” is a loving tribute from the Franco Brothers to the behind-the-scenes story of the making of one of the world’s worst movies. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Movies