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Sunday, May 4, 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, and . . .
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - midnight

The campy, tongue-in-cheek and frequently hilarious 1986 Frank Oz musical flick Little Shop of Horrors gets the full Rock Horror Picture Show treatment tonight, when a live cast shadowcasts a midnight screening at the Times Cinema, acting it out and leading the audience in sing-alongs.
Thursday, April 17, 2008

George Clooney’s football follies

In the 1920s, college football was just for fun and professional football was a ma-and-pa business. It was a game played by men in scratchy jerseys wearing chin-strap leather helmets that might—with any luck—cushion a blow to the head. Football was still a fast and loose sport. Many fans might have concurred with Dodge Connelly (George Clooney), a member of the Duluth Bulldogs in the period-comedy Leatherheads, when he declares, “Rules will ruin the game.” Along with the influx of corporate money, inflated salaries, stadium-naming rights, luxury sky boxes...
Monday, April 21, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7:00 p.m.

There’s an uncomfortable misogyny to later-day Spike Lee films like She Hate Me, but Lee’s first major film, 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It, approached female sexuality in a manner truly progressive for the time. Tracy Camilla Johns plays a woman in control of her sexuality, happily dating three very different men. The UWM . . .
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tibetan women on the Buddha path

Mainland China has been in denial over Tibet ever since Mao’s army invaded the mountainous theocracy. Communist China consistently denied that Tibet was a nation with a distinct history. China denied the aspirations of Tibetans after forcing them to endure mass murder, cultural genocide and the colonization of their country by Chinese immigrants. China denies all these things, but reality keeps poking the Beijing regime in the eye. The recent rioting and worldwide protests are not the prelude Mainland China had scripted for the Beijing Olympic Games. With the Chinese . . .
Sunday, April 13, 2008

Today @ Uihlein Hall - 2:30 PM

One of Charlie Chaplin’s most overtly romantic films, City Lights not only starred and was written by Chaplin, but it was also scored by the enduring silent film actor. Particularly during the film’s storied final scene, the swelling musical accompaniment conveys grand emotions that the down-to-earth characters on . . .
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7:00 PM

When a Peruvian schoolteacher’s high-ranking fianc is murdered, she partners with an unlikely journalist to fish out—and ultimately take revenge on—the person responsible. Violent, brutal and chilling realistic, the 2006 Peruvian thriller Black Butterfly screens tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the UWM Union . . .