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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Return of the kings and queens

Harry Potter went darker as the series progressed and the same may be happening with The Chronicles of Narnia. The body count runs high in Narnia’s second installment, Prince Caspian, and some scenes are surprisingly brutal for a children’s movie. This time the Pevensie siblings enter Narnia not through a wardrobe but the London subway, where bullies are knocking brother Peter (William Moseley) against the tiled walls. Through a warp in space and a stitch . . .
Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

As just about everyone involved with the recording has made clear time and time again, Dark Side of the Moon was never intended to sync up with the 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz—and 1973 studio technology would have made it nearly impossible to pull off even if Pink Floyd had wanted to. Dark Side of the Moon . . .
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Today @ the Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Public Museum closed its “Body World” exhibits, and now the time has come from the Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater to ends its corresponding presentation of The Human Body, the 2001 high-definition (and, for that matter, high budget) documentary that follows an ultra-ordinary family . . .
Monday, June 9, 2008

Classic Hollywood’s star system

Jeanine Basinger brings a fresh new level of dedication to classic film in her fascinating survey of the much-maligned studio system, The Star Machine (Knopf), a 550-page book that is difficult to set aside. Her provocative approach balances an encompassing analysis of the “dream factories” that catapulted so many stars into that celluloid stratosphere of the 1930s-’50s with biographical surveys of individual stars “under the influence” of a system unparalleled in the ingenuity of marketing. Basinger doesn’t delve into such famous names as Davis, Gable, Crawford and Cagney, concentrating instead on the less . . .
Monday, June 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

The often-tense historical relationship between Catholics and Jews is explored in the documentary Constantine’s Sword, a somber account of former Catholic priest James P. Carroll as he makes the argument that Catholic anti-Semitism set the stage for the Holocaust. This stark film screens tonight at 7 p.m. at the . . .
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

When 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 evening at the Times Cinema at 7 p.m., milks plenty . . .
Monday, May 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

Lior Liebling is a boy with Down Syndrome and, depending on who you ask, a heightened sense of spirituality and a deep connection with God that may have resulted from his ailment. Liebling’s intense Jewish faith—and preparations for his Bar Mitzvah and his ascent into manhood—are chronicled in the . . .
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 . . .