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Along with its uncertain tone, where laughter rear-ends tears in low speed collisions, the screenplay in Will Smith’s new film, Collateral Beauty, groans with unbelievable plot points. Director David Frankel showed a talent for comedy with ... more

Dec 13, 2016 3:29 PM Film Reviews

Bryan Cranston is marvelous as Dalton Trumbo, perhaps the most distinguished of all the Hollywood figures to suffer under the McCarthy-era blacklist. Drawn from Bruce Alexander Cook’s biography, Trumbo maintains its subject’s heroic profile... more

Nov 24, 2015 7:02 PM Film Reviews

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Based on a true story, Woman in Gold concerns a woman seeking restitution for a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis. more

May 5, 2015 9:10 PM Film Reviews

Older audiences received short shrift for decades from the movie industry. Lately, aging Baby Boomers have flexed their wallets and producers in Hollywood (and its outskirts) are responding. Alongside significant films such as Alexander Pa... more

Aug 14, 2014 1:56 AM Film Reviews

With Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s fictional Mason Jr. grows from toddler to teen in the body of the same maturing actor, Ellar Coltrane. Working ambitiously in between other projects, Linklater shot Boyhood from 2002 through 2013. Occasiona... more

Aug 6, 2014 12:50 AM Film Clips

Those lovable ogres from Monsters, Inc. have returned. The motley, brightly colored beasts from Pixar Studio’s popular 2001 animated feature are back for Monsters University, a prequel featuring the key characters in their more

Jun 18, 2013 10:45 PM Film Reviews

Alfred Hitchcock is having a midlife, make that a late-life, crisis. His latest movie, North by Northwest, is a smash hit and yet he is nagged by doubt. “But you’re 60 years old,” a reporter shouts out. “Shouldn’t you just quit while more

Dec 10, 2012 4:55 PM Film Reviews

<p> The Mossad became legendary as the spy agency that always got its manwhether he happened to be a Nazi war criminal or a Palestinian terrorist. The 2007 Israeli film <em>The Debt</em>remade three years later with Helen Mirren in the star role.. more

Feb 18, 2012 5:16 PM I Hate Hollywood

The lower middle class beach resort of Brighton, a British Asbury Park with boardwalks and arcades, provides an intriguing backdrop to <em>Brighton Rock</em>. Director Rowan Joffe\'s debut (out on DVD) places Graham Greene\'s novel in a <em>Quadro.. more

Dec 28, 2011 12:58 PM I Hate Hollywood

Julie Taymor has become best known for her own troubled role in the troubled but attention-getting Broadway spectacle, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark. She has also been an occasional filmmaker. Her most recent effort in that line, The Tempest (2.. more

Sep 13, 2011 12:31 PM I Hate Hollywood

A sex ranch in the Nevada desert will probably be a tacky place, and there was no tackier time to visit one than New Year’s Day 1976—the opening of Love Ranch. Joe Pesci is in his comfort zone as the brutal, philandering, conniving, foul-mouthed a.. more

Nov 18, 2010 2:29 PM I Hate Hollywood

Back in the day—eight million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, to be exact—dinosaurs could swim. With almost the entire planet submerged in water, of course, they didn’t have much of a choice. The prehistoric creatures that lived more

Aug 24, 2009 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

If you can’t make it down to Chicago for this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival, you’re not completely out of luck: Some of the better bands playing the festival will also be stopping at various Milwaukee venues over the next week. Milw more

Jul 16, 2009 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

Bands like the Handsome Furs, Matt and Kim and Mates of State all rely on that delicate chemistry that only a husband and wife can create. The same goes for The Rosebuds, the North Carolina team of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, who returned ... more

Apr 5, 2009 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee

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