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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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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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