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Friday, Feb. 6, 2009

Tonight @ The Times Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

This year’s Academy Award nominations were a bummer for everyone who prefers good old-fashioned entertainment to dramas about the Holocaust. It’s not too surprising that, like the Best Picture nominees, the little-seen nominees for Best Live Action Short Film also tend toward the lofty, telling bleak stories of alienation, moral confliction and religious despair. For the popcorn film lover, though, there is at least one reason to watch the...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 5, The Championship @ The Mitchell Park Domes, 6 p.m. Though the band mostly plays smoky corner bars, mournful Americana songs about long drives and long nights deserve to be heard outdoors. Tonight’s unusual gig, however, where the group plays as part of the Mitchell Park Domes'...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Tonight @ The Times Cinema, 7 p.m.

As its title suggests, John Patrick Shanley's 2008 drama Doubt is filled with ambiguity. Set in a Bronx Catholic church in the mid-'60s, the film introduces a headstrong nun (Meryl Streep) as she begins to suspect that the church's priest (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) has an inappropriate relationship with an altar boy. Marked by excellent performances, the film was showered with five Academy Awards nominations last week, including best...
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

Tonight @ The Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

As its title suggests, John Patrick Shanley’s 2008 drama Doubt is filled with ambiguity. Set in a Bronx Catholic church in the mid-’60s, the film introduces a headstrong nun (Meryl Streep) as she begins to suspect that the church’s priest (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) has an inappropriate relationship with an altar boy. Marked by excellent performances, the film was showered with five Academy Awards nominations last week...
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 22, Trampled by Turtles @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. Bluegrass thrives on dynamism—part of its thrill is seeing musicians gleefully blitz through complex chord changes and solos with whirlwind speed. Trampled By Turtles, despite what their animal namesake suggests, play as fast as any other bluegrass outfit...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Nov. 6, Bob Dylan @ The Riverside Theater, 7:30 p.m. (sold out) Perhaps it’s quality control that accounts for Bob Dylan’s late-career critical resurgence. Since his 1997 comeback Time Out of Mind, Dylan has only released two studio albums, 2001’s Love and Theft and 2006’s Modern Times, both of which were sly...
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Oct. 16, Minus the Bear w/ Annuals and Themes @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. With their twisty, tangled guitars and number-crunching chord changes, Minus the Bear sound increasingly disconnected from a greater indie-rock scene that now prefers manic, cute-overload pop or tranquilized...
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

Though it doesn’t deviate from the franchise’s formula—teenagers have fun, then get slaughtered—Part III may be the best installment of the mostly interchangeable Friday the 13th movies. It’s certainly one of the most lively, memorable for not only being the one where increasingly immortal mass murderer Jason Voorhees discovers his beloved hockey mask, but also for being the only installment filmed in 3D. Making the...
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

Though it doesn’t deviate from the franchise’s formula—teenagers have fun, then get slaughtered—Part III may be the best installment of the mostly interchangeable Friday the 13th movies. It’s certainly one of the most lively, memorable for not only being the one where increasingly immortal mass murderer Jason Voorhees discovers his beloved hockey mask, but also for being the only installment filmed in 3D. Making the most of the (still pretty impressive) technology, the filmmakers miss no opportunities to fling items at the...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Southern Culture on the Skids @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Though Southern Culture on the Skids sings of mobile homes, boxsized motels, fried chicken and other phenomena mostly associated with the land south of the Mason-Dixon, the band would fit right in with Milwaukee’s punk- and rockabilly-loving music...

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