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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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

Physical comedy and pointed propaganda collide in Heave Ho!, a 1934 Polish comedy that is the UWM Union Theatre’s final installment in its “Modernity and Tradition: Film in Interwar Central Europe” series. In the film, which screenings for free tonight at 7 p.m., Czech burlesque entertainers Voskovec and Werich pair . . .
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Charles Allis Art Museum - 7:30 p.m.

The Charles Allis Art Museum continues its series of classic biographical films tonight with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the 1932 oddity Rasputin and the Empress. This forgotten drama charts the self-professed healer’s rise in the Romanov family, his role in their downfall and his violent death.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

After using “Gimmie Shelter” in three of his films, Martin Scorsese did the inevitable and went straight to the song’s source for his latest film, Shine A Light. This concert film captures a fairly typical Rolling Stones performance (albeit one with guest appearances from Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and Jack White . . .
Monday, May 5, 2008

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

The 2000 satire Bamboozled may not be one of Spike Lee’s most acclaimed films, but it’s certainly one of his most poignant. A scathing send-up of race s in popular culture—and perhaps a direct response to the UPN sitcoms of the late ’90s like “Homeboys in Outer Space” and “The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer . . .
Sunday, May 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

After using “Gimmie Shelter” in three of his films, Martin Scorsese did the inevitable and went straight to the song’s source for his latest film, Shine A Light. This concert film captures a fairly typical Rolling Stones performance—albeit one with guest appearances from Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and Jack White, and . . .
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Grinning at the recent past

History is memory writ large, with as many authors as disagreements, as many recurrences as digressions. Like personal memory, the larger narratives of history are always forgetful and are telling for what they omit as well as what they include. The enigmatically titled . . .
Thursday, May 1, 2008

An immigrant story

Walter Vale stares from the window of his well-appointed suburban Connecticut home. He is alone, and as one scene in The Visitor moves into the next, we learn more. Walter (Richard Jenkins) is plodding through his career as an economics professor, droning on about globalization to a big lecture hall, working desultorily on a book few will ever read.
Saturday, May 3, 2008

Old folks in concert

You might think the notion of a bunch of septuagenarians and octogenarians belting out cover versions of rock ’n’ roll tunes sounds hopelessly schmaltzy. You wouldn’t be alone. Stephen Walker, the director of Young@Heart, says he chuckled at the irony of his initial reaction. When his wife approached him with the idea of hearing a concert by the group, Walker recoiled at the prospect and told her, “That sounds awful.” “I had little interest in the concert,” Walker says. “I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was a gimmick or it might be karaoke.”
Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - midnight

Yeah, yeah, yeah—of course you’ve seen it before, but it’s not like you need an excuse to see it again. This Is Spinal Tap screens tonight at midnight at the Times Cinema.
Friday, May 2, 2008

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

The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival continues its four-day, multi-venue run tonight with a program that runs at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Times Cinema. Whatever screens, it’s a safe bet that it will be a little weird, a little confounding and, perhaps, a little controversial.

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