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Monday, Oct. 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 6:30 p.m.

Ryan Gosling delivered a career performance in the 2006 independent drama Half Nelson as Dan Dunne, a charming young high-school teacher and basketball coach whose burgeoning friendship with one of his students, played by Shareeka Epps, is complicated by his not-so-hidden drug addiction. Though she has family troubles of her own, the student becomes a nurturing, almost parental figure for hear teacher. Tonight’s...
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

Today @ the UWM Union Theatre - 2 p.m.

As part of the Community Media Project’s weekend-long African Beyond film fest in the UWM Union Theatre, African American directors Charles Burnett, Kevin Everson and Iverson White will be screening and speaking about their latest films, but Saturday’s panel discussion in the UWM Union, “The Verité Impulse in the Films of Burnett, Everson and White,” is the only time all three filmmakers will appear together...
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

Though it takes the unusual step of acknowledging the infamous writer’s less than productive final years, like just about every study of its subject, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, is guilty of over-romanticizing Thompson’s quirks. Still, the documentary is one of the most comprehensive looks at Thompson’s legacy, focusing not only on his drug-addled writings but also his curious forays into politics. Assisting...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Remembering the Little Fox

Few stars hearkening back to Hollywood's Golden Age elicit the unequivocal reverence and regard afforded Bette Davis. She remains a unique figurehead of a bygone era in which the creation of larger-than-life screen personas defined cinematic art under the fabled studio system. Her steely ferocity remains a source of inspiration for younger actresses, along with a classic demeanor-or hauteur, if you will-reminiscent of the great stage performers of the past, as so elegantly demonstrated in roles like The Little Foxes and The Letter. Davis' work feels modern, timeless, urgent, unfettered by self-consciousness but flavored...
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

Documentaries don’t get much more awkward than 2007’s Operation Filmmaker. Armed with the best intentions, actor Live Schreiber conceives an MTV special about Muthana Mohmed, a young Iraqi who had big, improbable dreams of becoming a filmmaker. Mohmed is given a chance to come to America and be an assistant on a film production...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Theatre - 7 p.m.

One of Jean-Luc Godard’s most infamous commercial films, 1963’s Contempt follows a conflicted screenwriter as he attempts to perfect a script for a film version of The Odyssey—his job is made much more difficult by the meddling of just about everyone in his life, including his beautiful wife, played by Brigitte Bardot...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Today @ the Times Cinema - 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Though it takes the unusual step of acknowledging the infamous writer’s less than productive final years, like just about every study of its subject, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, is guilty of over-romanticizing Thompson’s quirks. Still, the documentary is one of the most comprehensive looks at Thompson’s...
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 and 9:15 p.m.

Mike Judge helped usher in the animation renaissance of the ’90s with his inspired short films, iconic Beavis and Butthead cartoons and admirably low-key King of the Hill. He’s still committed to the medium, and along with fellow animator Don Hertzfedlt, he’s compiled a winning collection of shorts for The Animation Show, an annual traveling...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Tonight @ UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

Wilderness Filmmaking Expedition leader Robert Schaller doesn’t have much interest in modern filmmaking technology; he’s much more enamored with classic filming methods, like hand-made emulsion and pinhole cinematography. He’ll discuss some of these unorthodox techniques, as well as his interest in low-budget “wild” filmmaking...
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Not-so-classic remake

Imagine the shock: Mary is having her nails done at Saks when her babbling manicurist bumbles into a monologue on infidelity involving Crystal, the girl at the store's perfume counter, and a respected Wall Street investment broker. Before the conversation is over, Mary realizes that the broker isn't just some name from the business pages of the Times. He's Steve, her husband of 13 years.

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