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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.
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.
Thursday, May 1, 2008

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

UWM students kick off their four-day, multi-venue Milwaukee Underground Film Festival tonight with a 7 p.m. screening in the Union Theatre. Patrons can expect to see… well, that’s a surprise, since the curators haven’t announced a formal schedule, but whatever screens, it’s a safe bet that it will be a little weird . . .
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kentucky Derby contenders

For anyone who cares deeply about horse racing, The First Saturday in May is not a cryptic calendar reference, but the year’s most anticipated red-letter day. It’s the annual running of the Kentucky Derby, only the first of American racing’s Triple Crown but more storied than any other equine contest. Directors John and Brad Hennegan set out the statistics at the start of their documentary, focused on the 2006 Derby. Of the 40,000 thoroughbred horses in the United States, 23,000 will make it onto a racetrack. Only 20 of them will bolt onto the track . . .

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