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03.02.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Along with Philip Glass, John Adams is the most popular composer to emerge from the minimalism of the 1960s and �70s. Adams has often turned to opera, where he mined recent events such as Nixon�s visit to China and Palestinian hijackers. In 2005 he debuted his depiction of the birth of the atomic age, Doctor Atom, at the San Francisco Opera. The documentary Wonders Are Many (out now on DV...
02.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Released late last year, Defiance was the fictionalized movie version of the Bielskis, three Jewish brothers who organized resistance against the Nazis after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. The History Channel documentary �The Bielski Brothers: Jerusalem in the Woods� tells the true story. It�s out now on DVD. Remarkably the gap between fact and fiction is narrow, a matte...
02.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
In American history black was often synonymous with poverty. But there have been always been exceptional individuals and a documentary for CNBC shows that more African Americans are getting rich, spurred in some cases by black wealth fostering more black wealth. In �Newbos: The Rise of America�s New Black Overclass,� Wall Street Journal reporter Lee Hawkins explores the role and growth of wealth...
02.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Most of the men who established the United States were intelligent and well read, hard working and hard drinking, according to the History Channel mini-series �Founding Fathers.� The documentary occupies two discs of a mammoth 14-DVD set, �The Founding of America,� comprised of 13 documentaries and historical recreations on the formation of the republic produced for the History Channel. �...
02.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
As a nation America is five billion pounds overweight by one estimate. Aside from aesthetic issues concerning the proliferation of unsightly waistlines, obesity is on its way to becoming the top health issue in the U.S., a major cause of heart and kidney disease and spiraling rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. The documentary Killer at Large includes some graphic� make that disgus...
02.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
With his wild halo of hair and sad penetrating eyes, Albert Einstein became an instantly recognizable star in the 1920s. His face shone as brightly as anyone in Hollywood and unlike most movie stars, his light hasn�t faded. When he visited America for the first time, a crowd of 15,000 greeted him on the Manhattan pier. After laboring for years in obscurity, Einstein�s fame resulted from intense ...
01.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Last summer a Biography Channel documentary simply titled �Barack Obama� was released on DVD. Just in time for Inauguration Day, a new edition has been issued, prefaced by jubilant scenes in Chicago from Nov. 4 and additional interviews and footage putting Election Day in perspective. Last summer all bets were off. Now we know he made it. Clocking in at under an hour, �Barack Obama� large...
10.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
During Prohibition Toots Shor was the only Jew in New York�s Irish mob. And when he became a big time player in his own right, he never discriminated. Shor was a Damon Runyon picture of the big-hearted lug. Everybody loved him. The swinging nightclub that bore his name was the toast of the town during the swanky 1940s and �50s. On any given night the bar was crowded with judges and gangsters, ...
10.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
In July 2004 John Kerry was pulling ahead of George W. Bush in the polls until the Bush campaign introduced a new word to our vocabulary, swiftboating. As Kerry fumbled in response to the howling pack of lies being unleashed about his war record, Michael Moore decided to hit the road, shambling onto stages across the country and playing the rock star. He aimed the heavy artillery of his politi...
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

Today @ the UWM Union Theatre - 2 p.m.

As part of the Community Media Project’s weekend-long African Beyond film fest in the UWM Union Theatre, African American directors Charles Burnett, Kevin Everson and Iverson White will be screening and speaking about their latest films, but Saturday’s panel discussion in the UWM Union, “The Verit Impulse in the Films of Burnett, Everson and White,” is the only time all three filmmakers will appear together...

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