Express Milwaukee - Film http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-331-1-film.html Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Rosewater - Jon Stewart’s true life Iranian drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24387-rosewater-jon-stewart%25E2%2580%2599s-true-life-iranian-drama.html ]]> Interstellar - Matthew McConaughey stars in Christopher Nolan’s epic http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24349-interstellar-matthew-mcconaughey-stars-in-christopher-nolan%25E2%2580%2599s-epic.html ]]> Before I Go to Sleep - Nicole Kidman Can’t Remember http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24313-before-i-go-to-sleep-nicole-kidman-can%25E2%2580%2599t-remember.html Her bloodshot eyes open to an unfamiliar scene—the same one she experiences every morning]]> Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Michael Keaton’s Thrilling Leap http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24246-birdman-or-%2528the-unexpected-virtue-of-ignorance%2529-michael-keaton%25E2%2580%2599s-thrilling-leap.html The casting for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is perfect for a film focused on]]> St. Vincent - A touching gem with Oscar potential http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24219-st-vincent-a-touching-gem-with-oscar-potential.html
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Aftermath - Ghosts of the Holocaust http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24162-aftermath-ghosts-of-the-holocaust.html ]]> 29th Annual Milwaukee LBGT Film Festival - ‘Salvation Army’ and ‘Lilting’ bridge cultures http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24163-29th-annual-milwaukee-lbgt-film-festival-%25E2%2580%2598salvation-army%25E2%2580%2599-and-%25E2%2580%2598lilting%25E2%2580%2599-bridge-cultures.html
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Gone Girl - Psycho-thriller from director David Fincher http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24127-gone-girl-psycho-thriller-from-director-david-fincher.html
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‘Human Capital,’ Human Condition - Contemporary Italian drama at Milwaukee Film Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24099-%25E2%2580%2598human-capital%25E2%2580%2599-human-condition-contemporary-italian-drama-at-milwaukee-film-festival.html Human Capital begins with a bird’s eye overview—the aftermath of a posh banquet as servers clear dirty dishes from soiled tablecloths. One waiter starts for home on his bicycle, winding through the dark, empty streets until overtaken by a speeding SUV and run off the road. The]]> Horses of God - Inside the world of a suicide bomber http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24062-horses-of-god-inside-the-world-of-a-suicide-bomber.html The first words in Horses of God are spoken against a black screen. “Are you asleep?” Yechine asks his brother. “Tell me, what will Ghislaine think when she hears that I died a martyr?” he continues, asking about the unfulfilled love of his life, a girl living, like him, in the slums]]> The Drop - James Gandolfini’s Final Gangster Film http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23955-the-drop-james-gandolfini%25E2%2580%2599s-final-gangster-film.html Although James Gandolfini was not a one-note actor, he will always be associated with Tony Soprano, the role that gained him fame. Admittedly, his blunt-faced, hulking appearance would have inclined him toward gangsters and tough guys even if “The Sopranos” had never happened. In The ]]> The November Man - James Bond without the Gadgets http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23902-the-november-man-james-bond-without-the-gadgets.html
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The Giver - Film fails to bring the dystopian novel to life http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23854-the-giver-film-fails-to-bring-the-dystopian-novel-to-life.html As The Giver opens, the viewer is immersed]]> Calvary - Brendan Gleeson as the good priest in an enigmatic Irish drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23823-calvary-brendan-gleeson-as-the-good-priest-in-an-enigmatic-irish-drama.html Seated on his side of the claustrophobic confessional
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The Hundred-Foot Journey - Helen Mirren’s 100-foot journey http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23810-the-hundred-foot-journey-helen-mirren%25E2%2580%2599s-100-foot-journey.html Older audiences received short shrift for decades from the movie industry. Lately, aging Baby Boomers have flexed their wallets and producers in Hollywood (and its outskirts) are responding. Alongside significant films such as Alexander Payne’s About Schmidt and Nebraska comes a genre]]> Magic in the Moonlight - Woody Allen at the Limits of Reason http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23741-magic-in-the-moonlight-woody-allen-at-the-limits-of-reason.html

  With his latest European-set piece, Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen pulls off a remarkable feat by folding an essay on metaphysics into a glamorously entertaining package. Magic

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A Most Wanted Man - Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last star turn http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23722-a-most-wanted-man-philip-seymour-hoffman%25E2%2580%2599s-last-star-turn.html

Philip Seymour Hoffman was among the great actors of his generation, and while he played many parts, he was especially at home when suffering no fools. In A Most Wanted Man, his final starring role before his death earlier this year, Hoffman lives inside the skin of a German

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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]]>