Express Milwaukee - Home Movies/Out on Digital http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-339-1-home-movies_out-on-digital.html Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 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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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 23 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23528-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-23.html  Judi Dench is magnificent as a scowling secondary school teacher, cynical about her delinquent students and dim colleagues, and envious of the magnetic new art teacher (Cate Blanchett). They become friends, but friendship turns to intrusive jealousy as the older woman blackmails the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 19 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23517-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-19.html Nicolas Cage was among his generation’s most promising actors, but he’s spent most of his career playing dumb. Joe, his best film in a decade, is a Southern story of redneck violence, rural poverty and warped family ties. Cage plays the title role, a hard-working ex-con who falls in with a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23427-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-10.html  In this hilarious 2013 comedy, Steve Coogan plays a DJ in love with the sound of his own voice, a talk-show host juggling the banalities of contemporary life. Alan Partridge is a tale of white-collar anxiety as a profits-only corporation buys the radio station, spewing jargon about

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 5 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23407-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-5.html  In her directorial debut, Whoopi Goldberg explores an African American comedian who influenced her greatly, Moms Mabley. Looking toothless, wearing jarringly colored outfits and speaking in Deep South black cadences, Mabley was a startling sight when she surfaced on network TV in the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23365-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-28.html  The 1960s were the last time westerns dominated TV programming. “Cimarron Strip” (1967-1968) was one of the better examples of the genre from that period. It stared iron-faced Stuart Whitman as a U.S. Marshal in a frontier town, holding the line against psychotics and hardened

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23327-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-22.html  Geoffrey Rush plays Virgil, a man whose sad, creased face hides many secrets. His loneliness barely masked by towering hauteur, Virgil is an art appraiser-auctioneer called into a half-ruined villa to evaluate the contents. Curiosity and, eventually, desire draw him into a fraught relationship with

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23278-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-14.html  Claude Chabrol emerged from the French new wave with a devotion to technical proficiency and classical narrative lacked by his peers. In the mid-’80s Chabrol turned to the detective novels of Dominique Roulet for two stylish films and a pair of TV specials collected on a new Blu-ray set

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23258-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-10.html  The Clash began as one of rock ’n’ roll’s great hopes and ended as a bloated caricature. Filled with archival footage and conflicting interviews with eyewitnesses, Danny Garcia’s documentary explores what went wrong. Different answers are offered: maybe it was the machinations of manager

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23211-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-30.html  A young boy is found dead on the beach of a remote British town, a place where the land ends in sheer bluffs above the sea. Newly arrived Detective Inspector

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23153-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-21.html  Enigmatic and fascinating, A Touch of Sin tells several complementary stories from contemporary China. Director Jia Zhangke exposes the country’s odd juxtaposition of Confucianism, communism and capitalism. In A Touch of Sin, China is a place of crime and violence, migrant labor and stern

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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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