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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

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

Sometimes the Coen brothers outdo even themselves, as with last year’s No Country For Old Men, a taut, violent thriller that earned the directors a sack of Oscars, including one for Best Picture. Like their best films (Blood Simple, Fargo), No Country is essentially a traditional film noir set in an unlikely locale, in this . . .
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008

Today @ the Miramar Theater - Noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p

Back in the day, Tupac Shakur embodied rap as aggressive criticism of the world that is and a mirror to the lives of some of the world’s least fortunate. Milwaukee recording artist and filmmaker Sona Lionel produced an unconventional documentary that’s less a VH-1 style biography of the late artist . . .
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Oriental Theater - 7 p.m.

Though it’s difficult to consider a product as ubiquitous as beer an endangered resource, in their new documentary, 99 Bottles, a group of Milwaukee filmmakers argue that these are hard times for microbreweries, as ingredient shortages, stricter laws and numerous fees cut into the profits of small . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Charles Allis Art Museum - 7:30 p.m.

After a long run producing hit musicals, MGM ran out of magic in the 1960s and squandered much of its reputation, but not before producing one last critical and commercial hit: 1958’s Gigi, a film so beloved by audiences at the time that it won a whooping nine Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture . . .
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

It wasn’t quite completely different, but Monty Python’s final film, 1983’s Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life was notably darker, more disturbing and explicit than anything the comedy team had filmed before. Life everything the troupe did, it has a fervent cult following, which makes it a logical choice for tonight’s . . .
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008

Hitting the brick wall

In a little village in Bangladesh a wedding has been prepared for a couple that has never met. Nazneen's father has arranged her marriage to an older Bengali man living in London. Dressed in bridal finery, Nazneen is placed at the stern of a boat casting off from her birthplace. She looks out from under her veil with forlorn eyes at her unsmiling family watching her recede into the distance. It's a sad parting and the beginning of an uncertain future. Most of Nazneen's story, told in the sterling British production Brick Lane, takes place in a dreary London neighborhood crowded with Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants. Murmurs of English xenophobia against Muslims . . .
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Milwaukee’s Beachfront Comedy

A remarkable revelation came to Kyle Buckley in a hotel room in the midst of a comic book convention. "If I'm going to make a stupid decision in my life, I might as well do it at 19," read the thought balloon that popped up in his head. Only five days before starting his sophomore year at Milwaukee School of Engineering, he made the potentially stupid decision to drop out, move to Los Angeles and seek work in movies. A few months later his brother Vincent, a cartoonist, followed him. This week the first film by Buckley Brothers Productions receives its world premiere in Milwaukee. Jake's How-To is a funny comedy by the twentysomething siblings about guys, girls and late adolescence . . .
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Reaching Swing Voters

It's not hard to imagine: Frank Capra, who directed Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It's a Wonderful Life, would have made Swing Vote had he lived today. He might have made this civics lesson in American politics more concise and a bit sharper, but he would applaud the spirit, the message and the delivery. Swing Vote is a movie dramatizing the hopeful democratic idea that everyone's vote counts. Kevin Costner is no Jimmy Stewart but he's a plausible stand-in for Capra's other favorite actor, Gary Cooper. In Swing Vote, Costner's . . .
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nostalgic for 1994?

For Generation X, 1994 seems to loom in memory as 1962 did for the American Graffiti gang and 1967 for the hippies. It was the year Kurt Cobain killed himself and Pearl Jam rode triumphantly onto the arena rock circuit. It’s the time of The Wackness, a modestly engaging, wacky coming of age comedy concerning a slacker doofus, his psychiatrist and the girl who initiates him into sex for two (as opposed to the more solitary variety) and the roiling emotions of first love.