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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Action-adventure in middle school

Sylvester Stallone’s grimacing killing machine, Rambo, became a symbol of jingoism in the Reagan era, applauded by many Americans and derided by others. Those with a queasy sense of irony even found him funny. In Son of Rambow (so spelled because of trademark difficulties), British writer-director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) would have us believe that the bulletproof avenger was capable of liberating the human imagination and inspiring a generation . . .
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

From the Matrix to the playpen

I was born a year too soon for the “Speed Racer” television show. Other than overhearing the irritatingly insistent theme song, I was never exposed to it. “Speed Racer” was kid stuff—a show for fourth graders when I was ready for grade five. Those are the years when minute age differences can make all the difference in the world.
Sunday, May 18, 2008

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

A bachelor photographer reconnects with an old love in the 2006 drama The Favor, only to lose her in a freak accident. He tries to be a father to her orphaned 16-year-old son, but the kid is more interested in creating chaos than bonding. The film, which screens this at the Times Cinema at 1:30 p.m., milks plenty of . . .
Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

This won’t come as any surprise to Blade Runner diehards who have now seen the release of a half-dozen different cuts of their favorite sci-fi cult film, but there’s another edit of Blade Runner hitting the circuit, this one billed as “The Final Cut.” Fans have good reason to question the veracity of that claim, of course, but . . .
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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

The Charles Allis Art Museum concludes its series of classic biographical films tonight with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the 1932 oddity Rasputin and the Empress. This drama charts the self-professed healer’s rise in the Romanov family, his role in their downfall and his violent death, which is depicted surprisingly brutally. . .
Friday, May 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Cabot Theatre - 7 p.m.

Fill in the blank: “The hills are alive with the sound of _____.” If you can complete this little brainteaser, then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy tonight’s 7 p.m. sing-along screening of The Sound of Music at the Cabot Theatre.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.