Express Milwaukee - Home Movies/Out on Digital http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-339-1-home-movies_out-on-digital.html Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23111-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-14.html  Unprotected sex is the monster in this horror flick, where careless club life leads the young protagonist Samantha (Najarra Townsend) into the inhibition-free oblivion of alcohol. She ends the night in a sexual encounter she barely

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 9 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23092-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-9.html  This Swinging London period piece was long known mainly to record collectors for its George Harrison soundtrack. Out now on Blu-ray, Wonderwall (1968) follows a myopic, daffy scientist (Jack MacGowran) with Einstein hair and lab coat as he discovers a wilder, more colorful world while spying

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23050-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-3.html “Monsters” ran for three seasons (1988-1991) but like the vampires that were its occasional guest spots, it enjoyed an afterlife—on syndication and the Sci-Fi Channel. All 72 episodes are included on a DVD set. Half-hour long in the tradition of “Twilight Zone,” they tell compact stories of

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22940-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-27.html  Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, this Belgian movie deals with familiar subjects: the idyll of love, the unexpected arrival of a child, the death of that little girl from cancer and the recriminations that follow. What’s distinct in The Broken Circle Breakdown is the setting: the banjo-fired

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar 20 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22874-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-20.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar 13 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22833-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-13.html  Bad actions have terrible consequences when a lavish-living lawyer (Michael Fassbender) falls into the orbit of the drug traffickers he represents. Written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) and directed by Ridley Scott, The Counselor is a superb contemporary film noir set in a bleak

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Mar. 4 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22744-home-movies_out-on-digital-mar-4.html  Helena Bonham Carter is magnificent—and well out of her recent wacko-role comfort zone—as Elizabeth Taylor in this believable dramatization of a troubled 1983 Broadway run with Richard Burton. Her Taylor is emotionally demanding and alcohol frazzled; Dominic West is credible as Burton

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 25 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22714-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-25.html Bad Dreams opens in a ’70s commune whose charismatic leader preaches peace, love—and mass suicide. Thirteen years later, the sole survivor, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin), awakens from a coma in a mental hospital. The group therapy meant to help her “fit into the ’80s” isn’t the only problem

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22678-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-18.html  Comedians and musicians helped Amnesty International reach the masses with its mission to free political prisoners. For its 50th anniversary show, shot live at Radio City Music Hall, Amnesty recruited Coldplay and Mumford & Sons but focused on comedy with stand-up by Ben Stiller and Sarah

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22625-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-10.html  Original Pickup line: “You wouldn’t happen to have an aspirin, would you?” James (Liev Schreiber) asks Nina (Jeanne Tripplehorn) at an airport lounge. Nine years later and living in a five-star Amsterdam loft, their perfect marriage disintegrates when she discovers his infidelity. A Perfect Man

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Feb. 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22588-home-movies_out-on-digital-feb-6.html   Blue Caprice, 2002 Beltway Sniper Attacks, John Allen Muhammad, Isaiah Washington, Lee Malvo, Tequan Richmond, The Prey, Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fredric March, John Barrymore, Robert Louis Stevenson, David Luhrssen

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 29 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22574-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-29.html  As Eva, Julia Louis-Dreyfus displays her comedic talent, but James Gandolfini is the surprise as Albert, an amiable bear of a man with a sense of humor and a vulnerable heart. The charming if rambling, chatty story captures the uncertain first steps of middle-age romance. Naturally, there is

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 20 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22515-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-20.html  A cast of stars (Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman) reads passages from writings on Marilyn Monroe and from her own letters, diaries and jottings. Most of what emerges in this impressionistic chronicle of her life is familiar. She loved learning, was dedicated to mastering the art of acting

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 16 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22493-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-16.html  Chet Baker’s lonesome trumpet hovers over Let’s Get Lost, a scattered yet ultimately moving documentary on the “James Dean of jazz.” Baker didn’t know how near death he was when the film was shot in 1988; he obviously enjoyed the attention but the shadow of heroin was never far off. Along

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Jan. 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22438-home-movies_out-on-digital-jan-6.html  Poetic, laconic and elliptical, director David Lowery conjures some of the spirit of early Terrence Malick. Set in a dusty Texas town in the early ’70s, the story follows a romantic outlaw with more persistence than good sense (Casey Affleck) on the run from the law and other criminals, but devoted

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22415-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-30.html  The debut feature film by Iranian expatriate visual artist Shirin Neshat concerns four women struggling for autonomy against violent patriarchy, sexual

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 23 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22384-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-23.html  With a frown as deep as a trench, Frank “The Fixer” (Steven Van Zandt) is a New York mobster who turns government witness on one condition: the FBI relocate him with a new identity to Lillehammer, Norway, a remote town he remembers from the 1994 Winter Olympics. Naturally, he comes

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 15 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22332-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-15.html Renoir with the honeyed sunlight and sensuous curves of a Pierre-Auguste Renoir canvas, yet the film is only half about the great Impressionist. The painter’s son, future film director Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion), is convalescing from World War I in his father’s]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22294-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-8.html

 The cultural cross-connections are fascinating in this rambling documentary. A 1960 instrumental by the British group The Shadows, later covered by The Ventures, found its way into the 1973 album by the Incredible Bongo Band, a bi-racial American-Canadian studio session organized by one-time

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Dec. 1 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22253-home-movies_out-on-digital-dec-1.html  When The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill began investigating civilian deaths in an off-the-books U.S. night raid in Afghanistan, the thread of clues led to a startling conclusion. A secretive military force reporting directly to the White House, the Joint Special Operations Command, has been conducting an

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 25 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22222-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-25.html  Next to The Beatles, The Byrds were the biggest, most influential band of their day. Gene Clark was their main songwriter and when he left in 1966, The Byrds

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22170-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-18.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 12 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22145-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-12.html  Director Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) sets William Shakespeare’s deathless comedy of romance as a sparring contest in a contemporary mode but without sacrificing the words. The Shakespearean dialogue sounds natural coming from a cast as unaffected as that of a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Nov. 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22096-home-movies_out-on-digital-nov-6.html  Byzantium is a neatly drawn, elegantly filmed contemporary Gothic story with long, twisted roots. Director Neil Jordan had dramatized the undead before (Interview with a Vampire). Here, the story centers around mother-daughter vampires on the run (for centuries) from the Brotherhood, a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22040-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-28.html  It was meant as the non-arena show: Earlier this year, Morrissey chose to play the intimate, 1,800-seat auditorium of Hollywood High School after selling out the Staples Center the night before. Most of 25 Live was shot at the smaller venue, where the singer whose songs have affected his

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22017-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-22.html  This Discovery Channel series didn’t need to venture to Africa to find wild kingdoms. The nature documentary found plenty of fascinating footage in America’s backyard. Tom Selleck narrates this breathlessly paced show, offering close-ups of hammerhead sharks preying on other sharks just off

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 15 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21979-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-15.html  With a smile that casts deep shadows and a courtly Old World demeanor barely masking the madness in his eyes, Bela Lugosi plays a country doctor with dark secrets in this 1940 low-budget horror picture (out on Blu-ray). In a laboratory stocked with foaming beakers and arcing electricity, the doctor conducts

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21950-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-10.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 2 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21892-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-2.html “Beware of strangers in strange places” might be the motto of this Australian film about a tourist who vanishes while on vacation in Cambodia. Nicely shot and edited, the non-linear story builds toward its climax in back-and-forth movement between the ill-fated trip and its aftermath. A quietly 

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21851-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-24.html  Julianne Moore is believable as an inspiring educator in her high school classroom but a lonely heart at home. Literature has set a high bar of manhood that the puerile, arrogant, dim guys she meets can never reach. Life gets more exciting when a male former student returns with

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