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

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Despite winning 10 nominations each, The Favourite and Roma are unlikely to sweep this year’s Academy Awards. Read more


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


With 13 nominations, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is the leading contender at this year's Oscar Awards. Read 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 .. Read more

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Milwaukee is a meat and potatoes town, with burgers andfrench fries being perhaps the most popular variation on that theme. No matterwhat kind of burger you like—smashed, buttered, pub-style, grilled—there areall kinds to choose from. Here are .. Read more

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This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly half hour of opinions with Ryan Schleicher, Milwaukee Record's Matt Wild and I, we're exploring the Oscars and the Grammys, two big award broadcasts that, in some key respects, are studies in contrast. In.. Read more

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I remember ages ago there was a show on Comedy Central called Comics Only . The idea was to have stand-up comedians sitting around talking in a talk-show like format. It ended up being little more than stand-ups doing their stand-up routines sitti.. Read more


   Twenty-thirteen was Matthew McConaughey’sbreakthrough year. He played an admirable assortment of roles, none asprominent as his star turn in DallasBuyers Club . Odds are in his favor: he’ll take the trophy for Best .. Read more

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2012 was the best year for movies in many seasons. Ticket sales were up, and along with the requisite big-budget blockbusters came films that people—other than fan boys—were talking about. This bodes well for the Oscar Read more

Film Reviews

Lebanon’s candidate for the 2012Oscars, Where Do We Go Now , opens ona highly stylized note: the women of a remote village, Muslim and Christian andall in black, are dancing in tight choreography on their way to the graveyar.. Read more

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Golden Glam: Oscar Night America, benefiting COA Youth & Family Centers, lived up to its No. 1 national ranking by USA Today as “the” place to watch the Academy Awards. Sanctioned by the Oscar committee, 350-plus guests were treated... Read 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... Read more

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A Separation, which has already earned three prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival... Read more

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When you reflect on your favorite movies, action figures or romance classics are probably the first to come to mind - not the ones with environmental themes. But on second thought, perhaps your favorite movie is an eco-film. Wall-E and Av.. Read more

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The Oscars have never been a reliable guide to cinematic greatness. After all, Citizen Kane lost for Best Picture in 1941 to How Green Was My Valley, a good movie but not one that made many Top-10 lists of all-time great films in the years ... Read more

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Summer is a great time to introduce kids to live theatre. There are no shortage of opportunities to do so and they’re out of school, which will ideally mean that they’ll be able to sit still and focus that much more what with not having to do so .. Read more


Holly Golightly’s oft-cited credentials—her roots in a semi-seminal garage-rock band, Thee Heatcoats, and her one-time ties to The White Stripes—don’t do justice to the range of records that she makes. Golightly has honed a hyper-n Read more

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Will wonders never cease? Or have the Oscars redressed their sometimes-dubious reputation by nominating an unheralded, gritty, independent war film of unlikely audience appeal—a film barely screened before being rushed to DVD and that gross... Read more

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