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Album Reviews
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
 Sade was the silken sound of R&B in the ’80s, smooth enough to fit all manner of nascent “adult contemporary” formats, yet her sensuous sophistication helped her transcend radio marketing categories. The British singer’s lustrous singles are collected on this two-disc set, with pride of
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Return of Vampire Chic

 Vampires have been done to death. Director Jim Jarmusch (Stranger than Paradise) obviously wants to have a bit of fun with the genre in Only Lovers Left Alive, even running the opening credits in Gothic typeface. However, the film’s humor plays in an entirely different key than spoof. With
Eat & Drink
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

British author says anyone can do it

 American tea drinkers have moved well beyond those familiar Lipton tea bags, sampling a world of options unknown to our grandparents, yet most of us still imagine that tea grows in China (or some other faraway place). In Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending
Monday, April 21, 2014

Dark comedy at UWM Theatre’s Italian Film Festival

Reality TV is the opiate of the idiots in Reality, a dark Italian comedy featured in this year’s Italian Film Festival. Director Matteo Garrone focuses on Luciano (Aniello Arena), an amiable Neapolitan fishmonger addicted to a reality show called “Grande Fratello” (“Big Brother”), whose Orwellian
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Monday, April 21, 2014
 Enigmatic and fascinating, A Touch of Sin tells several complementary stories from contemporary China. Director Jia Zhangke exposes the country’s odd juxtaposition of Confucianism, communism and capitalism. In A Touch of Sin, China is a place of crime and violence, migrant labor and stern