Express Milwaukee - Film http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-331-1-film.html Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Wish I Was Here - Zach Braff’s Midlife Crisis http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23680-wish-i-was-here-zach-braff%25E2%2580%2599s-midlife-crisis.html

  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

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Life Itself - Remembering Roger Ebert http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23642-life-itself-remembering-roger-ebert.html

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

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Third Person - Three Cities, Three Stories http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23612-third-person-three-cities-three-stories.html

 Feature films with multiple stories in multiple places, yoked together under some common theme or other: It’s an idea as old as silent movies and the result has seldom been fully satisfying. Witness Third Person

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Transformers: Age of Extinction - This time, Michael Bay delivers a boring spectacle http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23574-transformers-age-of-extinction-this-time-michael-bay-delivers-a-boring-spectacle.html

 Director Michael Bay, known for blockbusters, regularly churns out Transformer films that net enormous worldwide sales. This time, the film’s awkward script and inferior dialog burden the sharply detailed CGI effects that sometimes transfix

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Citizen Koch - The power, money and politics of the Koch Brothers http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23536-citizen-koch-the-power-money-and-politics-of-the-koch-brothers.html

 It’s naïve to believe in a golden age when money didn’t matter in politics, but in the last few years, the cost of democracy has skyrocketed, the restrictions on campaign spending have been annulled and the big corporations have removed their gloves. In the Citizens United decision

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Jersey Boys - Clint Eastwood and The Four Seasons http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23506-jersey-boys-clint-eastwood-and-the-four-seasons.html

 A Broadway musical based on a string of hits by a singing group popular with Baby Boomers is a bankable idea. But who would have wagered that a production driven by the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons would win four Tonys and launch one of this century’s longest theatrical

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The Fault in Our Stars - A Touching Teen Tearjerker http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23424-the-fault-in-our-stars-a-touching-teen-tearjerker.html Adapted from the popular young adult novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars depicts the struggles of]]> Edge of Tomorrow - Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt take on alien invaders http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23425-edge-of-tomorrow-tom-cruise-and-emily-blunt-take-on-alien-invaders.html

 The specter of alien invasion has haunted the human imagination since H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Drawn from Japanese pulp fiction, Edge of Tomorrow restates Wells’ premise: beings advanced enough to cross interplanetary space have the know-how to give the armies of Earth a sound

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For No Good Reason - Fear and Loathing with Hunter S. Thompson http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23384-for-no-good-reason-fear-and-loathing-with-hunter-s-thompson.html Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson went on the road together in the 1970s as a real-life odd couple, the fastidious British pen and ink artist as sidekick to the berserker Yank behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In a revealing moment from For No Good Reason, Steadman]]> A Million Ways to Die in the West - A Million Ways to be Disappointed http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23374-a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west-a-million-ways-to-be-disappointed.html

 Traditional westerns pitted virtuous heroes

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Belle - 'True story’ of class and race in 18th-century England http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23314-belle-true-story%25E2%2580%2599-of-class-and-race-in-18th-century-england.html

 One of the pleasures of Jane Austen involves following the protagonist as she navigates a society as regulated as a chessboard. The laws governing inheritance are clearly defined; behavior between the sexes is carefully codified; the rules of conduct between the classes are

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Godzilla - Monster battles monsters in latest remake http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23297-godzilla-monster-battles-monsters-in-latest-remake.html

 Godzilla has seldom been just a random monster. He’s a destructive anxiety walking on two massive legs. The

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Spidey’s Back (Again?) http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23232-the-amazing-spider-man-2-spidey%25E2%2580%2599s-back-%2528again%2529.html Maybe this is a minority view: I thought Toby Maguire was superb as Spider-Man, thank you, and rebooting the franchise]]> Only Lovers Left Alive - The Return of Vampire Chic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23192-only-lovers-left-alive-the-return-of-vampire-chic.html

 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

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Reality - Dark comedy at UWM Theatre’s Italian Film Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23152-reality-dark-comedy-at-uwm-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-italian-film-festival.html 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 ]]> Jodorowsky's Dune - The ‘Dune’ that Never Was http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23125-jodorowskys-dune-the-%25E2%2580%2598dune%25E2%2580%2599-that-never-was.html

 The coolest movie never made, and probably the most influential, is the subject of the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. A decade before David Lynch’s widely derided rendition of the Frank Herbert novel, Latin-American cult

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Captain America: Winter Soldier - The Captain and Natasha http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23072-captain-america-winter-soldier-the-captain-and-natasha.html

 The sequels keep coming in the Marvel Comics universe; the superheroes get little time off between saving the world; and the supervillains—you’ve got to hand it to them—work just as hard as the heroes

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Tropicália - Latin American Film Series opens with Marcelo Machado’s documentary http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23017-tropicalia-latin-american-film-series-opens-with-marcelo-machado%25E2%2580%2599s-documentary.html In 1964, Brazil’s military overthrew their country’s government and The Beatles’ music
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The Lunchbox - An Indian story of food, longing and loneliness http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23018-the-lunchbox-an-indian-story-of-food-longing-and-loneliness.html

  Ila, a young Mumbai housewife, tries to stimulate the unresponsive appetites of her husband by cooking a splendid set of dishes and sending them by bicycle courier to his office for lunch. When the courier delivers her delicious meal

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson's romp through Old Europe http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22857-the-grand-budapest-hotel-wes-andersons-romp-through-old-europe.html

 Whether merely quirky or strangely compelling

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The Music Lesson - One man’s quest to replicate a Dutch master http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22778-the-music-lesson-one-man%25E2%2580%2599s-quest-to-replicate-a-dutch-master.html

  With color and texture, Johannes Vermeer brought small corners of the world to life. Vermeer’s paintings seem to glow with inner illumination and can resemble

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3 Days to Kill - The Spy Who Came For His Daughter? http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22707-3-days-to-kill-the-spy-who-came-for-his-daughter.html

 In the middle of a high-stakes operation in Belgrade, Serbia, a U.S. mission to thwart the sale of a dirty bomb by a pair of international masterminds known as the Wolf and the Albino, CIA agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) stops to call his daughter for her birthday. In his

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Why Movies Really Suck - Computer imaging and the decline of imagination http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22672-why-movies-really-suck-computer-imaging-and-the-decline-of-imagination.html Movies have enjoyed wide appeal since the dawn of the nickelodeon. However, no one could have imagined that cinema would become a disposable subset of a gargantuan tentacled monster called computerized entertainment, reducing the 20th century’s only new art form into an]]> The Monuments Men - George Clooney’s Art Commandos http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22629-the-monuments-men-george-clooney%25E2%2580%2599s-art-commandos.html The Nazis were responsible for genocide and a brutal war of conquest. They were also among the world’s greatest art thieves, stripping museums and private holdings of the paintings and sculpture desired by Germany’s leaders. And several of the top]]> Festival of Films in French - A week of new movies and classics at UWM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22584-festival-of-films-in-french-a-week-of-new-movies-and-classics-at-uwm.html

 French films? Mention them and certain impressions come to mind, whether the breezy insouciance of Breathless or romance on the banks of the Seine

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The Past - Iran’s choice for foreign-language Oscar http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22550-the-past-iran%25E2%2580%2599s-choice-for-foreign-language-oscar.html

 Marie searches expectantly for the arriving traveler, Ahmad, catching his eye at the airport gate but separated at that

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The Wolf of Wall Street - Leo DiCaprio stars as the ‘Wolf’ at the head of the pack http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22444-the-wolf-of-wall-street-leo-dicaprio-stars-as-the-%25E2%2580%2598wolf%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-head-of-the-pack.html

 Oliver Stone was probably surprised when some fans of Wall Street embraced

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Ten Favorite Films of 2013 - Looking Back on the Great and the Good http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22414-ten-favorite-films-of-2013-looking-back-on-the-great-and-the-good.html

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films

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American Hustle - Confidence Games, Bribery and Love Triangles http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22378-american-hustle-confidence-games-bribery-and-love-triangles.html

 We meet Irving (Christian Bale) in a hotel room mirror, pasting a toupee over his thinning hair and topping it with hairspray to make things stick. Irving’s vanity is a deception tied to a yen for recreating himself as the raconteur he’d love to be. And to get to that place, he became a con artist

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Inside Llewyn Davis - The Coen brothers revisit a lost time in music http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22331-inside-llewyn-davis-the-coen-brothers-revisit-a-lost-time-in-music.html Folksinger Llewyn Davis leans into the dim spotlight shining down onto the stage, playing guitar with homespun eloquence]]>