Express Milwaukee - Film http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-331-1-film.html Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Reality - Dark comedy at UWM Theatre’s Italian Film Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23152-reality-dark-comedy-at-uwm-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-italian-film-festival.html Reality TV is the opiate of the idiots in Reality, a dark Italian comedy featured in this year’s Italian Film Festival. Director Matteo Garrone focuses on Luciano (Aniello Arena), an amiable Neapolitan fishmonger addicted to a reality show called “Grande Fratello” (“Big Brother”), whose Orwellian ]]> Jodorowsky's Dune - The ‘Dune’ that Never Was http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23125-jodorowskys-dune-the-%25E2%2580%2598dune%25E2%2580%2599-that-never-was.html

 The coolest movie never made, and probably the most influential, is the subject of the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. A decade before David Lynch’s widely derided rendition of the Frank Herbert novel, Latin-American cult

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Captain America: Winter Soldier - The Captain and Natasha http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23072-captain-america-winter-soldier-the-captain-and-natasha.html

 The sequels keep coming in the Marvel Comics universe; the superheroes get little time off between saving the world; and the supervillains—you’ve got to hand it to them—work just as hard as the heroes

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Tropicália - Latin American Film Series opens with Marcelo Machado’s documentary http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23017-tropicalia-latin-american-film-series-opens-with-marcelo-machado%25E2%2580%2599s-documentary.html In 1964, Brazil’s military overthrew their country’s government and The Beatles’ music
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The Lunchbox - An Indian story of food, longing and loneliness http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23018-the-lunchbox-an-indian-story-of-food-longing-and-loneliness.html

  Ila, a young Mumbai housewife, tries to stimulate the unresponsive appetites of her husband by cooking a splendid set of dishes and sending them by bicycle courier to his office for lunch. When the courier delivers her delicious meal

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson's romp through Old Europe http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22857-the-grand-budapest-hotel-wes-andersons-romp-through-old-europe.html

 Whether merely quirky or strangely compelling

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The Music Lesson - One man’s quest to replicate a Dutch master http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22778-the-music-lesson-one-man%25E2%2580%2599s-quest-to-replicate-a-dutch-master.html

  With color and texture, Johannes Vermeer brought small corners of the world to life. Vermeer’s paintings seem to glow with inner illumination and can resemble

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3 Days to Kill - The Spy Who Came For His Daughter? http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22707-3-days-to-kill-the-spy-who-came-for-his-daughter.html

 In the middle of a high-stakes operation in Belgrade, Serbia, a U.S. mission to thwart the sale of a dirty bomb by a pair of international masterminds known as the Wolf and the Albino, CIA agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) stops to call his daughter for her birthday. In his

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Why Movies Really Suck - Computer imaging and the decline of imagination http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22672-why-movies-really-suck-computer-imaging-and-the-decline-of-imagination.html Movies have enjoyed wide appeal since the dawn of the nickelodeon. However, no one could have imagined that cinema would become a disposable subset of a gargantuan tentacled monster called computerized entertainment, reducing the 20th century’s only new art form into an]]> The Monuments Men - George Clooney’s Art Commandos http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22629-the-monuments-men-george-clooney%25E2%2580%2599s-art-commandos.html The Nazis were responsible for genocide and a brutal war of conquest. They were also among the world’s greatest art thieves, stripping museums and private holdings of the paintings and sculpture desired by Germany’s leaders. And several of the top]]> Festival of Films in French - A week of new movies and classics at UWM http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22584-festival-of-films-in-french-a-week-of-new-movies-and-classics-at-uwm.html

 French films? Mention them and certain impressions come to mind, whether the breezy insouciance of Breathless or romance on the banks of the Seine

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The Past - Iran’s choice for foreign-language Oscar http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22550-the-past-iran%25E2%2580%2599s-choice-for-foreign-language-oscar.html

 Marie searches expectantly for the arriving traveler, Ahmad, catching his eye at the airport gate but separated at that

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The Wolf of Wall Street - Leo DiCaprio stars as the ‘Wolf’ at the head of the pack http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22444-the-wolf-of-wall-street-leo-dicaprio-stars-as-the-%25E2%2580%2598wolf%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-head-of-the-pack.html

 Oliver Stone was probably surprised when some fans of Wall Street embraced

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Ten Favorite Films of 2013 - Looking Back on the Great and the Good http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22414-ten-favorite-films-of-2013-looking-back-on-the-great-and-the-good.html

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films

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American Hustle - Confidence Games, Bribery and Love Triangles http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22378-american-hustle-confidence-games-bribery-and-love-triangles.html

 We meet Irving (Christian Bale) in a hotel room mirror, pasting a toupee over his thinning hair and topping it with hairspray to make things stick. Irving’s vanity is a deception tied to a yen for recreating himself as the raconteur he’d love to be. And to get to that place, he became a con artist

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Inside Llewyn Davis - The Coen brothers revisit a lost time in music http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22331-inside-llewyn-davis-the-coen-brothers-revisit-a-lost-time-in-music.html Folksinger Llewyn Davis leans into the dim spotlight shining down onto the stage, playing guitar with homespun eloquence]]> The Book Thief - Reading the Grave Digger’s Manual http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22301-the-book-thief-reading-the-grave-digger%25E2%2580%2599s-manual.html

 The torch-lit night rally is an exciting diversion in The Book Thief’s small German town on the eve of World War II. There are rousing songs in the village square and oratory from the mayor denouncing the enemies of the people—the plutocrats, the Communists and most of all, the Jews. He

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Nebraska - Bruce Dern finds his pot of gold as an old man on a mission http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22250-nebraska-bruce-dern-finds-his-pot-of-gold-as-an-old-man-on-a-mission.html

 Nebraska opens on a gray, wintry day, with dead grass poking through patches of snow, as an old man trudges on the shoulder of a highway. Each step is a hurdle for the old timer, until a police car pulls over and a friendly policeman escorts him to a hospital. Woody (Bruce Dern) may

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Out of the Furnace - Christian Bale tops an excellent cast http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22251-out-of-the-furnace-christian-bale-tops-an-excellent-cast.html

 Russell (Christian Bale) usually keeps a level head, whether working with a welding torch at the steel mill, caring for his dying dad or trying to talk sense to his irresponsible kid brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck). Even when he’s sent to prison for manslaughter after a drunken car accident

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Philomena - Judi Dench and Steve Coogan on a journey to America http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22209-philomena-judi-dench-and-steve-coogan-on-a-journey-to-america.html

 When the adolescent Philomena encountered a handsome boy in the funhouse of a traveling circus, she barely knew the meaning of sex. Soon enough, she learned the consequences in small-town 1950s Ireland. Brought before a grim, inquisitorial board of nuns

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Hollywood and the Kennedy Assassination - Movies that offered alternative explanations for JFK’s death http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22179-hollywood-and-the-kennedy-assassination-movies-that-offered-alternative-explanations-for-jfk%25E2%2580%2599s-death.html

 Most anyone living at the time can clearly recall hearing the news on that Friday afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Little wonder that several movies have dealt with those events in Dallas

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Kill Your Darlings - Portrait of Allen Ginsberg as a Young Man http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22143-kill-your-darlings-portrait-of-allen-ginsberg-as-a-young-man.html

 As young Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, Daniel Radcliffe is a casting dream. Like the famous pupil he played in the Harry Potter series, Radcliffe’s version of the freshman Ginsberg is earnest, bespectacled and studious—a minority in a Muggles’ world thrust into an academy every

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Last Vegas - Douglas, De Niro, Freeman and Kline hit the Town http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22094-last-vegas-douglas-de-niro-freeman-and-kline-hit-the-town.html

 It’s an old Hollywood trick and sometimes it pays off. In the comedy Last Vegas, a gaggle of instantly recognizable stars—Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline—are given roles allowing them to play off each other’s familiar mannerisms. Unlike Ocean’s

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12 Years a Slave - An unflinching look at the Old South http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22033-12-years-a-slave-an-unflinching-look-at-the-old-south.html

The nightmare of 12 Years a Slave begins when

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The Fifth Estate - Blowing the Whistle on WikiLeaks? http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22003-the-fifth-estate-blowing-the-whistle-on-wikileaks.html

 Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, the brisk dramatization of the WikiLeaks founder’s battle with the U.S. government (and everyone else he disdains). One of film’s great emerging actors, Cumberbatch gives a portrayal of the celebrity outlaw

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The 2013 Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21981-the-2013-milwaukee-lgbt-film-festival.html

 The 28th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival opens Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Oriental Theatre with I Am Divine, a terrifically entertaining documentary about the

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Ballad of the Weeping Spring - An Israeli Falafel Western http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21929-ballad-of-the-weeping-spring-an-israeli-falafel-western.html

 The young stranger walks into a bar, a cavernous stony hall where musicians perform in staccato flamenco rhythms, and orders a beer. The stranger, Avram, is searching for a lost legend, Josef, a master of a Levantine stringed instrument called a tar. The bartender shrugs. “He’s a

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Gravity - Bullock and Clooney bring star power to space drama http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21879-gravity-bullock-and-clooney-bring-star-power-to-space-drama.html

 The immensity of space provides a vast canvas on which to paint the primal human drama of survival against the elements, the urge to live against the relentless claims of death. In Gravity, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play a pair of astronauts whose shuttle is destroyed by

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Free the Mind - Contemplating consciousness at Milwaukee Film Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21849-free-the-mind-contemplating-consciousness-at-milwaukee-film-festival.html

 Psychiatry has often become a retail arm of the pharmaceutical industry, with psychology as the industry’s PR department. But there are discontents. Aside from their side effects, psychotropic drugs tend to redress symptoms without addressing causes. And the limitations of the

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Milwaukee Film Festival presents ‘Passport: Germany’ - Thinking About Hannah Arendt http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21789-milwaukee-film-festival-presents-%25E2%2580%2598passport-germany%25E2%2580%2599-thinking-about-hannah-arendt.html

 Hannah Arendt’s phrase, “the banality of evil,” has entered the vocabulary to describe not the architects of human catastrophe but the mechanics and janitors—the “little people” who grease the wheels and lubricate the engines of destruction. The German-Jewish philosopher coined the

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