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Rataj Berard

Although the current owners are looking to move on, Four Star Video Cooperative is surviving, despite the odds. Read more

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Simon Mein

Writer/director Mike Leigh’s latest historical epic, “Peterloo,” revisits a harrowing historical event when the British Army massacred peaceful protesters. Read more

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Tickets are still available for some fantastic films showing at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. Isthmus critics dug in to another round, to help procrastinators pick their films. Read more

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Mills Folly Microcinema screens a triple bill of videos from the brilliant and perverse George Kuchar, who died in 2011. The screening is at Arts + Literature Lab on Jan. 31. Read more

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Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart team up for a cinematic take on the legendary double murder case in “Lizzie.” Read more

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Had your fill of superhero films? You might want to check out MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema, Friday nights in June. This series has everything from tap dancing to collage, and some of the offerings might blow your mind. Read more

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Film critic Craig Johnson reports from the first weekend of the Wisconsin Film Festival. He loves the new trailers, which include dozens of local musicians interpreting a theme, and says it’s not too late to catch great second screenings. Read more

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Isthmus film critic Craig Johnson reviews three films screening at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival: “Hal,” “Vampire Clay” and “Clara’s Ghost.” Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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“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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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

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

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

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Chris Roberts

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

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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. Read more

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