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Sunday, April 23, 6:15 p.m., AMC Kabuki; Monday, April 24, 6:45 p.m., AMC Kabuki

Wisconsin Death Trip

(U.S.A./England, 1999)

If black-and-white maestro Chris Münch (the Lennon-Epstein featurette The Hours and Times) had made Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, it would look something like this. Michael Lesy's 1973 cult-fave book, which inspired this film, was a deadpan Gothic compilation of photos and news accounts of an 1890s plague of homicide, suicide, and insanity visited upon an upper Midwest hamlet. This gruesome material is re-enacted with loving, sordid excess to progressively diminishing returns, overshadowing a haunting portrait of desperate immigrants unable to adapt to the culture or the climate. By intercutting contemporary color footage of the "picturesque" locals, director James Marsh gives the whole venture an odor of condescension. (Michael Fox)

Sunday, April 23, 9:30 p.m., AMC Kabuki; Tuesday, April 25, 7:10 p.m., AMC Kabuki

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