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07.17.2014 | | Posted at 04:57 PM

Documentary ‘The Life of Riley’ out on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  B.B. King has been called the “King of the Blues,” and not simply because of his surname. The documentary B.B. King: The Life of Riley (out on DVD and Blu-ray) contains enough vintage concert footage to show that the man really had the royal touch. He wasn’t necessarily playing fast and fancy. It was the emotion he evoked as he transmuted the joy, frustration and fe...
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Douglas, De Niro, Freeman and Kline hit the Town

 It’s an old Hollywood trick and sometimes it pays off. In the comedy Last Vegas, a gaggle of instantly recognizable stars—Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline—are given roles allowing them to play off each other’s familiar mannerisms. Unlike Ocean’s
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
 In the near future, pubescent Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to Battle School where he and other kids are trained to fight against a hostile extraterrestrial race known as Formics. Col. Graff (Harrison Ford) commands an army of child warriors “because children make
Monday, May 27, 2013
 One thousand years in the future, humanity has abandoned earth and now resides somewhere beyond our solar system. The Legendary Ranger, Cypher Raige (Will Smith), is training his undisciplined teenage son Kitai
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
 You gotta have art. But don’t take it from me. No less than one of the area’s most prolific art spaces, the Cedarburg Cultural Center (W62 N546 Washington Ave.), declares as much in the title of their fast-approaching juried exhibition and fundraising art sale: “You Gotta Have Art
Monday, July 23, 2012

Questions remain at end of Nolan's Batman trilogy

The best superhero comics have always dressed moral, political and social...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Strange Land (Barsuk Records)

Yellow Ostrich singer-guitarist Alex Schaaf, who recorded 2011's The Mistress alone in his Appleton bedroom, is the kind of guy who once relied only on his boyish voice and a drum machine to make one EP (Fade Cave) and drew lyrics exclusively...
02.15.2010 | | Posted at 11:39 AM

A Howard Zinn Film

By David Luhrssen
Asked again and again by students for a book that was critical of American history, rather than repeating the same old platitudes, Howard Zinn despaired and wrote his own. A People�s History of the United States (1980) became one of the best selling books ever on America�s past. Not long before his death earlier this year, Zinn co-directed The People Speak, which presents aspects of A People�s H...
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009

Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela

The teams were separated by a cyclone fence, a road and a world of difference. On one side of the street in South Africa, a white rugby team in neat uniforms kicked the ball around a manicured field; on the other, a ragtag black team played in the dirt. And suddenly, rushing down the road, came a motorcade with the man who would bring both sides together, Nelson Mandela.
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008

Nicholson and Morgan kick the bucket

Now that Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are dead, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman have stepped into their grumpy old shoes. In the awkwardly titled The Bucket List, Nicholson and Freeman play Cole and Chambers, an odd couple on borrowed time. Sharing a hospital room and given less than a year to live, the . . .