Craig Johnson


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

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments

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

“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

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM Movies


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

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


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

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

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

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS

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

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

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

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM SCREENS

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

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM , , Movies

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

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM Movies


Chris Roberts

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

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

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

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

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

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

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

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

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

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


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

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

New Zealand-based filmmaker Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”) has done it again. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is an old-fashioned odd-couple comedy delivered with flair. more

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

She’ll be picking up swords in “King Lear” and playing a significant role in “An Ideal Husband.” Acting apprentice Jade Payton is learning the ropes from the veteran actors by working onstage at American Players Theatre this summer. more

Jun 30, 2016 6:00 AM Stage

UW Cinematheque’s “French Tough Guys” series heats up this summer with memorable cinematic fisticuffs and chases. more

Jun 16, 2016 5:00 AM Movies