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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.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Twin Towers adventure

The mastermind and his confederates cased the World Trade Center for entrances and exits and the coming and going of guards, mapping every step of their coup with the meticulousness of professional criminals going for the vault in a heavily secured bank. But although their scheme was against the law, it was more misdemeanor than felony and would have no victims unless a tragic accident disrupted their careful plan.
Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

Exiled in America

The Exiles is a window to a world that time has shut forever. Nowadays it might be called a "docudrama," but Mackenzie was determined to avoid imposing his own perspective and plotline. The Exiles was a collaboration between him and a small knot of American Indians who portrayed themselves, scripted their dialogue and helped devise a scenario that amounts to a dusk-to-dawn account of their lives . . .
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

The Coens lighten up

After winning Oscars with the unrelentingly grim No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers lighten up a little for Burn After Reading. Their new film traverses territory more familiar to the filmmakers. Here, death doesn't descend in the form of an enigmatic hit man who tosses coins for the lives he encounters.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

Tonight @ UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

You’ve got to hand it to Charlie Chaplin. Although he clung tightly to his loveable “Tramp” character, when he broke from it, he really broke from it. In 1947’s black comedy Monsieur Verdoux, which screens tonight for free at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre, he played an out of work banker who decides to support his wife and kids...
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 9 p.m.

You’ve got to hand it to Charlie Chaplin. Although he clung tightly to his loveable “Tramp” character, when he broke from it, he really broke from it. In 1947’s black comedy Monsieur Verdoux, which screens tonight for free at 9 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre, he played an out of work banker who decides to support his wife and kids...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

Tonight @ Discovery World - 7 p.m.

Chosen Towns, a clever new documentary by UWM students about the difficulties that small-town Jews face in Wisconsin, will debut on Milwaukee Public Television on Oct. 15, but the Discovery World will host a preview screening tonight at 7 p.m. for those who want to catch a sneak peek. The film interviews nine Jewish families trying to practice their faith in towns where no real Jewish community exists.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

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

An Afghan taxi driver beaten to death by the American military is the starting point for the 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, a somber exploration of U.S. military torture tactics and policies that screens tonight at the UWM Union Theatre. Directed by Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room documentarian...
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

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

An Afghan taxi driver beaten to death by the American military is the starting point for the 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, a somber exploration of U.S. military torture tactics and policies that screens . . .
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008

Today @ the Oriental Theatre - 10 a.m.

Returning for its second season today at 10 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre is the Key Sunday Cinema Club, the Milwaukee chapter of a film network that meets once or twice a month on Sunday mornings to view advance screenings of upcoming films, with an emphasis on independent and art films. Club members have . . .

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