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Podcaster Kulap Vilaysack journeys to Minnesota and Laos to confront her past and explore her identity in “Origin Story.” The film screens at Cinematheque on UW-Madison campus on April 25. Read more

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From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. 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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Forget your troubles by laughing at ridiculous corporate musicals in “Bathtubs Over Broadway” or get some perspective by viewing the majestic creatures in “Elephant Path.” Here’s our first round of reviews for this year's Wisconsin Film Festival. Read more

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“Diamantino” is a broad and wacky farce touching on sports, globalization, and making Portugal great again. It screens March 1 at UW-Cinematheque Read more

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“Birds of Passage” examines the violence triggered by the Colombian marijuana trade of the 1970s through the eyes of the indigenous Wayuu community. Read more

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By focusing on the details of everyday life in a black community in Greensboro, Alabama, “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” strikes with the force of an imagist poem. Read more

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Despite a government ban, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has made another film: “3 Faces” is a low-key drama about a young girl who wants to become an actor. It shows as part of MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema on Nov. 28. Read more

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Nicholas Cage plays a completely unhinged version of himself in Pano Cosmatos’ “Mandy,” a psychedelic horror flick that fails to live up to its promise. Read more

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“In the Last Days of the City” suffers from some self-conscious filmmaking techniques, but director Tamer El Said presents a moving mosaic of a tumultuous time in his native Egypt. Read more

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If you missed it at the 2002 Wisconsin Film Festival, UW Cinematheque is screening director Lucrecia Martel’s debut feature, La Ciénaga, on July 26. It’s an impressionistic wonder, capturing the decay and decadence of the Argentine bourgeoisie. Read more

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UW Cinematheque brings back “Come Drink with Me,” a classic film starring Cheng Pei-pei, whom modern viewers might recognize as Jade Fox in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Read more

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Isthmus film critic James Kreul reviews three films at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival: “Let the Corpses Tan,” “Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There” and “Soller’s Point.” Read more

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Argentine director Lucrecia Martel’s acclaimed feature “Zama” is a vivid and somewhat mysterious critique of colonialism set in a remote Spanish colony. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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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.” Read more

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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. Read more

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

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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. Read more

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