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Milwaukee is unique for its large number of still-operating movie theaters from the golden era of cinema. more

Sep 19, 2017 4:24 PM News Features 1 Comments

Seventeen years later, no one’s learned from the past when a handful of young people go searching the woods for a legendary evil witch. Sprinkled with humor during its first half, Blair Witch’s final act is hardcore horror. In Bridget Jone... more

Sep 13, 2016 3:17 PM Film Clips

Filmed in appropriately dim shades of winter, The Innocents is a beautifully acted story of the many ways devotion can be expressed in times of great trouble. Although set in Poland in the months after World War II, the film shares somethin... more

Sep 6, 2016 3:51 PM Film Reviews

Dark Horse is a documentary on a Welsh barmaid determined to crash the upper-class party of horseracing. Living in the coal town of Cefn Fforest, located in a depressed mining region, Jan Vokes was seized by the idea of breeding and trainin... more

May 31, 2016 3:24 PM Film Reviews

The latest adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd is a dramatically compelling and beautifully mounted film. more

May 12, 2015 8:24 PM Film Reviews

Inspired by The Great Houdini, The Amazing Randi became the most celebrated escape artist of the second half of the 20th century after helping stage Alice Cooper’s beheading and guest starring on “Happy Days.” Like his hero, Randi eventu... more

Sep 30, 2014 7:15 PM Film Clips

As revealed in the often-witty screenplay by writer John Michael McDonagh, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is no ordinary Roman Catholic priest. A widower with a grown daughter, James is an empathetic, tolerant, enigmatic man threatened by a... more

Aug 14, 2014 5:37 PM Film Clips

It’s naïve to believe in a golden age when money didn’t matter in politics, but in the last few years, the cost of democracy has skyrocketed, the restrictions on campaign spending have been annulled and the big corporations have removed the... more

Jun 25, 2014 12:57 AM Film Reviews

This sequel makes fun of youthful conventions and itself. Since inept cops Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) had their only success as undercover high school narcs, their hardnosed Captain (Ice Cube) sends the pair off to co... more

Jun 11, 2014 1:58 PM Film Clips

Ralph Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson went on the road together in the 1970s as a real-life odd couple, the fastidious British pen and ink artist as sidekick to the berserker Yank behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In a revealing momen... more

Jun 2, 2014 12:22 AM Film Reviews

In The Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes is the director and star, playing Charles Dickens during his long affair with a much younger actress, Nelly (Felicity Jones). Based on Claire Tomalin’s biographical sleuthing, the dramatization paints t... more

Feb 6, 2014 1:22 PM Film Clips

This action-comedy was originally conceived as a vehicle for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, in the wake of their Wedding Crashers success. Years passed before the project was assigned to Baltasar Kormákur, an Icelandic director who went with... more

Jul 31, 2013 12:15 AM Film Clips

The Trayvon Martin case wasn’t the first public outcry over an African American youth who died under controversial circumstances at an alleged crime scene. The killing of Oscar Grant by a transit policeman in more

Jul 24, 2013 1:01 AM Film Reviews

No place is more romantic than Paris, and when a couple as attractive as Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko) fall in love while walking the quay along the Seine, violins would tremble like heart strings in any more

Apr 15, 2013 1:20 AM Film Reviews

Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires is an Australian comedy about an all-girl Aboriginal singing group from the ’60s (a Down Under Supremes) and their wily white manager. The Aborigines were treated like American Indians more

Apr 11, 2013 1:04 AM Film Clips

The Israeli secret service is justifiably known for its James Bond gadgets as well as its long reach. In the Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers, six former chiefs of Shin Bet are interviewed and discuss the frustrations of their jo... more

Mar 14, 2013 1:29 AM Film Clips

Sukiyabashi Jiro, the tiny sushi bar tucked into a Tokyo subway station, is a neatly framed mirror of its owner... more

Apr 24, 2012 12:00 AM Film Reviews

Professor Eliezer Shkolnik sits mortified among his fellow academics, listening uncomfortably... more

Apr 17, 2012 12:00 AM Film Reviews

Covered wagons pulled by lumbering oxen slowly roll into a river across the wild, desolate country. The scenery opening Meek's Cutoff is familiar from countless Westerns, as is the scenario of a wagon train in danger, but otherwise the simi... more

Jun 28, 2011 12:00 AM Film Reviews

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