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James Kreul

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. 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.” 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.” 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. 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. 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. 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.” 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. more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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