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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Zach Braff’s Midlife Crisis

  Thirty-five is not the new 25 in Zach Braff’s latest turn as writer-director, Wish I Was Here. The mid-30s can be an unsettling milestone, especially if the road of life is leading to a let down. Braff stars as Aidan, a chronically unemployed actor whose beautiful
Album Reviews
Monday, July 21, 2014
 Something magic clings to the gossamer notes heard on Tincian. 9Bach is all about its homeland. The lyrics are in Welsh and the album cover proudly proclaims: “Made in Wales.” And yet, Tincian is not another album of folk music or an ill-considered update of tradition, but a contemporary
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Monday, July 21, 2014
 Johnny, an aging ’70s punk guitarist, meets his old bandmates at a funeral and presses them into reforming. They sound good, but their old label declares them as not right for the “tweeners to twenties” demographic. Undeterred, they form a band of teenage nobodies to lip-sync their demo in
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Thursday, July 17, 2014
 Forest Whitaker is commanding as the furtive giant Angel Sanchez, a deeply disturbed man who seeks help from Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie). A smooth-talking, bestselling life coach, proffering truths along with New Age jive, Tommy has rewritten his past to conform to his chosen
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Remembering Roger Ebert

They were the oddest couple on television, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and at the end of the night, they were never buddies. The show that eventually aired as “Sikel and Ebert” pitted the skinny, cosmopolitan Siskel against the rotund, working-class Ebert in animated discussions over
Monday, July 14, 2014

Tom August’s history of our multicultural city

 Milwaukee is among America’s most historically unique cities, and yet, the problems that pervaded the U.S. throughout its history, especially the crucial issue of racism, arrived with the early settlers. Milwaukee historian
Around Milwaukee
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Those were different days back in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, when DJs on commercial radio stations played the music they actually wanted to hear and took requests from listeners. Back then, major record companies spent money promoting new and unknown artists in the hopes of hitting the jackpot. Record stores were everywhere and the people behind the counters knew something about music—they may...