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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 This action-comedy was originally conceived as a vehicle for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, in the wake of their Wedding Crashers success. Years passed before the project was assigned to Baltasar Kormákur, an Icelandic director who went with his go-to guy, Mark Wahlberg, because the acto
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Oscar Grant’s Last Stop

 The Trayvon Martin case wasn’t the first public outcry over an African American youth who died under controversial circumstances at an alleged crime scene. The killing of Oscar Grant by a transit policeman in
Monday, April 15, 2013

Ben Affleck stars in Terrence Malick’s meditation on love

No place is more romantic than Paris, and when a couple as attractive as Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko) fall in love while walking the quay along the Seine, violins would tremble like heart strings in any 
Thursday, April 11, 2013
 Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires is an Australian comedy about an all-girl Aboriginal singing group from the ’60s (a Down Under Supremes) and their wily white manager. The Aborigines were treated like American Indians
Thursday, March 14, 2013
  The Israeli secret service is justifiably known for its James Bond gadgets as well as its long reach. In the Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers, six former chiefs of Shin Bet are interviewed and discuss the frustrations of their job. After 1967, when Israel overran the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza, Israel's
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tokyo's Jiro Ono finds perfection in fish

Sukiyabashi Jiro, the tiny sushi bar tucked into a Tokyo subway station, is a neatly framed mirror...
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Israeli Oscar nominee opens in Milwaukee

Professor Eliezer Shkolnik sits mortified among his fellow academics, listening uncomfortably...
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kelly Reichardt examines pioneer folklore

Covered wagons pulled by lumbering oxen slowly roll into a river across the wild, desolate country...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Milwaukee’s vintage film series

You don’t have to seek out classic films at museums or small cinemas anymore. Nowadays they are accessible to anyone whose cable package includes the movie channel TCM. And many great and not-great older movies have been issued on DVD. With the easy availability of old film, why would anyone launch a vintage film series at a public venue in 2008? “It’s for the shared experience,” explains Dan Guenzel, co-founder of the Focus Film Society. “If you watch a Harold Lloyd comedy by yourself on DVD, you smile. If you see it in a theater with other people, you are shaking with laughter. It’s an entirely different experience.”