Express Milwaukee - Home Movies/Out on Digital http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-339-1-home-movies_out-on-digital.html Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Frontera http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24580-frontera.html When pampered millennials play militia trying to scare off Mexicans crossing the border, they accidently kill the wife of a former sheriff. Guess who gets blamed? Frontera dramatizes desperation and h]]> Rope of Sand http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24581-rope-of-sand.html Much of the Casablanca crew regrouped for Rope of Sand (1949). While the magic (and Humphrey Bogart) were missing, it’s a well-made effort in classic Hollywood style. Claude Rains is suavely duplici]]> Edith Wharton: The Sense of Harmony http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24582-edith-wharton-the-sense-of-harmony.html Edith Wharton is known for The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, novels of upperclass New York turned into films. But as writer-director Elizabeth Lennard shows in her informative documentary, ]]> The Long Goodbye http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24544-the-long-goodbye.html One of Robert Altman’s standout films, The Long Goodbye (1973) was a contemporary adaptation of the Raymond Chandler story and a sly send-up of Hollywood in the Chandler era. Elliott Gould is unfo]]> Miss Marple: Volume One http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24545-miss-marple-volume-one.html “Poirot” will probably be remembered as the classic Agatha Christie TV mystery, but another series set in the same era, “Miss Marple,” is as superb. The best iteration, a BBC production orig]]> To Kill a Man http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24543-to-kill-a-man.html A gang of thugs down the street from his home harasses Jorge; their ringleader shoots his son, is given a short prison sentence and returns with vengeance in mind. Chilean writer-director Alejandro Fe]]> Manuscripts Don’t Burn http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24532-manuscripts-don%25E2%2580%2599t-burn.html ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 4 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24490-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-4.html ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24463-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-27.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 20 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24416-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-20.html The Dark Half is a Castle Rock version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde based on one of King’s favorite themes: the dark]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 13 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24372-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-13.html Venus in Fur gone awry. Mathieu Amalric is the harassed director and Emmanuelle Seigner an actress at casting call. She]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 5 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24315-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-5.html Mona Lisa is Missing—a snappy, bright investigation into the 1911 theft of the world’s most famous painting. The thief, Italian immigrant Vincenzo Peruggia, claimed patriotic motives. Looking deeper, Medeiros interviewed Peruggia’s descendants, poured]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24284-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-30.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24221-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-21.html Restrepo was the signal documentary of America’s intervention in Afghanistan. With Korengal, the director revisits that same remote outpost, focusing this time on the recollections of soldiers who served there. The starkly beautiful surrounding mountains with rough, wooded]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 15 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24190-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-15.html Sacrament follows the crew of an “edgy” Internet TV channel as they make a documentary on a sect that moved from the U.S. to a remote jungle. Inspired by the real-life Peoples Temple, director Ti West understands the compelling message of the]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24153-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-8.html A washed-up TV host (Pierce Brosnan) pauses before jumping from a tall building in London. Next thing he knows, three other wannabe suicides line up behind him: a failed grunge musician (Aaron Paul), a hard-pressed mom (Toni Collette) and a drug-addled club girl (Imogen Poots). Based on the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 2 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24110-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-2.html In this 1977 Italian crime drama (released on Blu-ray), an extortionist preys on shopkeepers by blowing up their businesses. As the body count climbs, a police inspector forms a “special squad” of young dudes on motorcycles to pursue leads—and the criminals—down the winding streets

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24067-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-24.html Summer in February. The setting is similar: England, 1913, where the young and wealthy could afford to break some rules. Stevens plays best friend to painter Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper); both are in love with]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24035-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-18.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23947-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-8.html 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]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23910-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-3.html Phantom of the Opera, Phantom of the Paradise stars Muppet-haired ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23885-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-28.html In Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s acclaimed 1999 film (out on Blu-ray), a Teheran television crew finds its way to a remote village to film local funeral ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23828-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-18.html Shades of Vertigo haunt director Arie Posin’s The Face of Love—along with memories kept by Nikki (Annette Bening) of her husband, Garrett (Ed Harris). Imagine her surprise when, five years after his death, she spots his exact double. Yearning turns to fantasy and fantasy into emotionally ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 12 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23793-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-12.html  Dangerous games are played on all sides and duplicity is everywhere in Israeli director Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem. Tense and economical, without a wasted moment, Bethlehem is a police procedural and psychological study of the Palestinian uprising. Explored are the necessities of war, the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 7 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23778-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-7.html  Scarlett Johansson plays a stiletto-heeled extraterrestrial sexual predator, luring young men into an erotic dance of death. British director Jonathan Glazer (Birth) produced a visually astonishing film, acutely aware of light and sound (as well as their absence). The story is opaque yet conveys the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23724-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-30.html  Elaine Stritch emerged in the 1940s as a brassy, belting voice on the Broadway stage and remained active into the 21st century, playing Alec Baldwin’s mother on “30 Rock” and winning a Tony for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. This documentary follows Stritch as she strides

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23673-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-21.html  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

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 17 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23663-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-17.html  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

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23624-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-10.html  The setup is ’80s horror: the bold house whose newly arrived family experiences strange goings on—the teens see it, not their myopic parents. Dark images flit at the edge of sight; jolting moments of fright; a curse clings to the place like mold… What’s interesting about Haunt is the striking

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23588-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-3.html  Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Oscars, Ernest & Celestine is drawn in spare lines, pale colors and luminous shadows. It’s a children’s story about the enmity between mice and bears, and how one daring child mouse steps across the barrier. The message is clear

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