Academy Awards

Paul Masterson on the 2018 Oscars: Why are we celebrating regurgitated fairytales and still denying human love, pure and simple? more


Although it didn't sweep the 90th Academy Awards, The Shape of Water took two top prizes in an evening focused on #metoo. more

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André Aciman will discuss his novel, Call Me by Your Name, and its screen production (nominated for four Oscars) at Boswell Book Company on Feb. 19. more

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Women were the winners at the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards. more

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From its opening scene on anLA freeway, where drivers stalled in traffic leap from their cars in song anddance, La La Land veers from the routine annoyances of everyday life into acarefully cultivated imaginative world filme.. more

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The Golden Globes split itdown the middle: the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave its Best MotionPicture trophy to Moonlight and to La La Land . Of course, the Globes havealways done at least one thing smarter than the Osc.. more

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The La La Land juggernautwill be hard to stop between now and Oscar night, but here’s hoping the Academywill recognize a pair of outstanding performances in Fences .Denzel Washington directs andstars in this film, adapted .. more

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Allthe President’s Men set a high bar for that long-standing Hollywood genre—the newsroom film depicting courageous reporters uncovering the dirt. Spotlight , this year’s Oscar winnerfor Best Picture and Best Original Screenpla.. more

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Predictions for winning films at the 2016 Academy Awards. more


The Theory of Everything is the sort of movie that often attracts Oscarnominations—and often wins. A block of Academy voters seem to love stories setin the UK of the past, even if the past is recent. This year, The Theory ofEverything had the m.. more

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I kept reaching for the fast-forward button—but then I remembered this was live television! Once again, the Academy Awards were gaudy, glitzy, drawn-out and dull. In other words: an expensive platform for TV ads. Host Neil Patrick Harris was a chi.. more

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With each passing year, opportunities to gather friends and family around the television to watch something collectivelyseem to diminish rapidly. Monumental must-see moments rarely occur over theairwaves anymore, and if they do, they’re more wid.. more

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The past played a big role in Hollywood last year, and if Oscar nominations are any measure of public opinion, then a lot of us are either unhappy with the world of now or curious about the way things were. Of the nine nominees for Best Pic... more

Film Reviews

I began to realize I might be wrong in some of my Oscar predictions during the past week when every man and woman I spoke to, ages 50 and up, told me The King's Speech was the best picture of 2010. And despite all the media blather over that "you.. more

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The Academy Awards are inevitably as dull as most of the Hollywood movies they’re trying to promote. This year, there’s a local party that could potentially make them a bit more enjoyable.On February 20th, as a rather large number of people con.. more


Piranha finds scantily clad spring-break revelers turned into fish food. Lost in throbbing music and an alcoholic daze, the merrymakers are unaware of attacks taking place around the lake. While working, local sheriff Julie Forester (Elisab... more

Home Movies

Researching Egyptian pharaohs is genuinely dangerous work that takes archaeologists to unforgiving desert climates and treacherous tombs, and pits them against thieves who want to get their own hands on historical treasures for more

Today in Milwaukee

Ken Thomson opens It Would be Easier on an impressionistic note with “Kleine Helmet,” a driftwood melody gently drawn by chamber-like ensemble playing. But the bass clarinetist/alto saxophonist/band leader travels through many moods on the ... more

Album Reviews

Deftly composed, with an ear for melody and a love of dance, the archly named Either/Orchestra plays jazz without irony or self-indulgence. On Mood Music for Time Travellers, their first album of new music in five years, the Orchestra explo... more

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