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Home Movies/Out on Digital
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman looks ravaged and disturbed, pale and bloated, in God’s Pocket. Given his death soon afterward, one wonders if he was acting or just not feeling well? And yet, he dominates this shaggy dog, retro urban drama with his Marlon Brando mumble and hunched shoulders
Around Milwaukee
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Oktoberfest has distinctly German (especially Bavarian) origins, but here in Milwaukee, it easily becomes an international celebration.   This year, Milwaukee’s only Polish restaurant, Polonez (4016 S. Packard Ave.), reaches out to their German neighbors with a two Saturdays of Oktoberfest, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 4 and Oct. 11. The buffet dinner includes German dishes (beef goulash, pork shank) an...
Around Milwaukee
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Student Loan Documentary at the Downer

Student loan debt has become the anchor holding down the lives of many college graduates. It might even be a break on America’s economy. Coupled with uncertainty in the job market, the high interest paid on those loans is making some young people wonder whether college—sold as the passport to the professions, the key to middle class life—is worth it. Director Andrew Rossi explores the topic...
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
In director Brian De Palma’s cinematically flashy 1974 satire of rock industry sleaze, a producer steals the music for a “rock cantata” based on Faust and stages it for the opening of is palatial concert hall. Inspired by Phantom of the Opera, Phantom of the Paradise stars Muppet-haired
Film
Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

James Bond without the Gadgets

Pierce Brosnan just can’t get enough spy games. The former James Bond returns to the glamorous world of espionage and foreign intrigue in The November Man. Based on the novels by Bill
Around Milwaukee
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Door County is where Milwaukee goes to get away from problems, not find new ones. Murder seems almost unseemly in this land of forests, lined by beaches and filled with summer cabins and tourist resorts. That’s the hook for the murder-thriller Death Stalks Door County, whose protagonist, DNR ranger Dave Cubiak, is a former Chicago homicide detective who traded an urban for a rural beat (in a bid...
Album Reviews
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Popular images of Afghanistan have been dominated in recent decades by the wars of Islamist militants against the Soviets, the U.S. and each other, but the ancient land was once a crossroads of culture and commerce. Living now in the U.S., Quraishi comes from a family of traditional musicians