A fan favorite at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival returns for a theatrical engagement at Sundance Cinemas. Edwanike Harbour believes that Hunt for the Wilderpeople confirms Taika Waititi’s comic storytelling talent.
James Kreul was one of the few Madfilm Meetup attendees to like Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. He argues that if you can set aside genre expectations and appreciate images in the moment, there’s much to enjoy in the film.
Erik Oliver discusses the latest thriller from the director of Blue Ruin, Jeremy Saulnier, and argues that the violence in Green Room channels punk rock’s visceral intensity to fuse grindhouse sensibilities with formal rigor.
James Kreul looks at the most recent popular Indian film to open “wide” (two screens!) in Madison, Vikram Kumar’s 24. Despite flamboyant performances from Suriya (in a triple-role) and audacious time-travel enabled moments, director Kumar (Manam) seems content with lackluster action, romance, and music.
Review: Limited Run Son of Saul | Lázló Nemes | Hungary | 2015 | 107 minutes Now Playing at Sundance Cinemas through Thursday, March 10» James Kreul argues that Son of Saul works best when a single minded quest for simple dignity provides a distinct perspective on the Holocaust. Son of Saul has been on […]
Review: Theatrical Run The Hateful Eight | Quentin Tarantino | USA | 2015 | 182 minutes Now Playing at AMC Fitchburg 18 and Marcus Theaters James Kreul’s “quick” response to The Hateful Eight and its 70mm roadshow presentation took him 4500 words and one week to write. Note: If you haven’t seen the film, skip […]
Review: Limited Run Dilwale | Rohit Shetty | India | 2015 | 158 minutes Now playing at AMC Fitchburg 18 through Thursday, December 24» Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol prove that they can still generate screen chemistry and magic in Dilwale, but the film as a whole is a series of missed opportunities bogged down […]
Review: Limited Run Prem Ratan Dhan Payo | Sooraj R. Barjatya | India | 2015 | 150 minutes Now playing at Marcus Point Cinema through Thursday, November 26» James Kreul argues that the latest vehicle for superstar Salman Khan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, delivers the best balance of music, dance, melodrama, and romance of any Bollywood […]
Review: Limited Run Queen of Earth | Alex Ross Perry | USA | 2015 | 90 minutes Sundance Cinemas Screening Room engagement begins Friday, September 11» Alex Ross Perry’s captivating Queen of Earth evaluates the self-destructive loops that permeate relationships. Elizabeth Moss delivers another riveting performance as she captures that moment when her character, Catherine, loses complete control. Queen of […]
Currently in its third week at Point Cinemas (at $20 a pop, no matinees), Baahubali: The Beginning has set box-office records for Telugu-language Indian cinema. This Tollywood epic has something for everyone—melodrama, romance, music and action—even if these elements are not distributed equally across the film. And those already missing Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings adaptations should enjoy its climactic 40-minute battle sequence.