A little-known local story from the end of Hollywood’s golden age. Read more

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Frothy star of comedy shows fear in this 1960 thriller, out now on Blu-ray Read more

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Producer-director Irwin Winkler looks back on a life that included Rocky and The Right Stuff. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Author Dan Golding examines the Star Wars universe as a fan and a scholar. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Reissued on Blu-ray, the Bing Crosby-Bob Hope comedies contain the DNA for Hollywood's buddy-road pictures. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Unlike blackface and yellowface, gayface—Hollywood’s casting of LGBTQ characters by non-LGBTQ men and women—has persisted. Read more


This year's Academy Awards ended with few surprises Read more

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Director Clarence Brown was considered first class in Hollywood’s golden years. Young tells his story well. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Veteran film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum collects interviews with Jim Jarmusch, John Carpenter and others in his latest book. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Filmed before Hollywood imposed a self-censorship code on its productions, Bad Girl is an emotionally, socially, sexually frank glimpse of working-class life and gender mores at the dawn of the Great Depression. Read more

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Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguistics expert, concerns the abrupt appearance of 12 alien “shells” in widely scattered places around the world. It’s not a perfect film but it’s an interesting one, thoughtful on a subject that seldo... Read more

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As Bay View’s Avalon Theater prepares to host several prime attractions in this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, the movie palace stands as the incredibly rare example of a local theater reopened and thriving. Read more


Pixar’s latest feature film, Finding Dory, operates on multiple levels. For young kids, it’s a spectacle of color, motion and slapstick as the adult jokes and pop-culture references race above their heads. Alert grown-ups will notice that P... Read more

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Fantastic Four is a decidedly uneven film. Its strongest element is its musical score, composed by Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass. Due to the film’s manifest shortcomings and many deviations from the source text, however, comic book devote... Read more

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Hollywood it ain’t, but local movie-making is indeed a minor part of Milwaukee’s history. Any Milwaukeean worth their weight in Blatz knows that the classic baseball flick Major League was filmed primarily in and about town. And most probably reca.. Read more

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Smyth in the IronHorse Hotel is hosting the first of a series of chef and brewery collaborationdinners on Monday, April 13. Beer Co.-Lab features a multicourse dinner andbeer pairings prepared by Justin Carlisle of Ardent, Joe Muench of Story H.. Read more

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After reading Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen (University Press of Kentucky), David Luhrssen's comprehensive, illuminating biography of the pioneering director, I'm tempted to call its subject “the Kevin Bacon Read more


Over the years, most movie remakes have been woeful. Recent examples include The Manchurian Candidate (2004) a botched version of 1962’s black-and-white beauty; 3:10 to Yuma (2007), a dud compared to 1957’s Read more

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Although Broadway was once a consistent source of audience-tested material for Hollywood, in recent years the traffic has flowed the opposite way in the form of Lion King, Spider-Man and other blockbuster movies remodeled Read more

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“What’s the secret of magic?” ponders David Seebach. “The secret of magic is the magician.”He would know. Seebach is arguably the most famous modern magician in the land of Houdini. He’s performed Read more

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