"Star Trek Into Darkness" both a rollicking and rocky mission
With all of that in place, it would seem the sequel's phasers would be all set to stun. But something's off. There's a sequence where the starship Enterprise is flying at warp speed when a big, clunky-looking vessel comes up from behind and nudges it off its exhilarating track. That's pretty much "Star Trek Into Darkness" in a nutshell, except replace the big, clumsy vessel with a big, clumsy story.
I watched the series finale of "The Office" last night, but before I did, I had to blow through the previous five episodes gathering dust on my DVR. In the end, it was worth the night of marathon television, but when I think about the entire final season of "30 Rock," also unwatched on my DVR, I wonder when I'll get around to it.
Kramp Cast: Angela turns off the lights at "The Office"
Tonight, the Office doors at Dunder Mifflin finally close. I had a chance to talk to Angela Kinsey who has portrayed accountant Angela Martin on NBC's "The Office" for the past nine seasons. In every office there is going to be a cat lady and someone that needs to plan the parties!
Gwen Moore rides fake Harley on Colbert Report
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, represents the 4th District in Congress and on the "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central.
Brush up on your McCartney this week, Milwaukee
With a return by Paul McCartney on tap this summer at Miller Park, the arrival of "Rockshow," is well-timed. The film, which screens at the Bayshore iPic at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, was filmed on the same 1975-76 U.S. tour that led to Paul McCartney & Wings' triple-live album, "Wings Over America."
"The Great Gatsby" gets drunk on its own intoxicating excess and flash
Now there's Baz Luhrmann's rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," done up as the big, loud extravagant 3-D summer blockbuster I doubt Fitzgerald had in mind when he wrote his time-honored critique of the vapid lifestyles of the rich and the growing emptiness of the American dream. The end result feels a bit too much like one of Gatsby's parties: a whole lot of razzle dazzle with a hollow emotional core.
Reporter Clark leaving "Real Milwaukee"
This week, Tony Clark, who serves as the reporter about town on WITI-TV Fox 6 mid-morning show "Real Milwaukee," announced he was leaving the station.
Adler to continue mornings on 102.1
The Milwaukee Radio Alliance, the ownership group behind WLUM-FM 102.1, announced Wednesday that morning show host Jon Adler will create a new show at the station.
Local radio, TV stations win WBA awards
Here is a list of Milwaukee and other Wisconsin winners in the 2012 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards.
Kramp, 102.1 part ways
Morning show co-host Brian Kramp posted a Facebook message on Monday morning, stating he is no longer with WLUM-FM 102.1, where he has worked since 2006.
"Iron Man 3" a soaring start to the summer movie season
The first question I had walking out of "The Avengers" last summer was, "How freaking awesome was that?" The second question - a bit more difficult to answer - was, "How is any comic book superhero movie ever going to be able to compete with that?" Pretty easily, as it turns out. "Iron Man 3" may not fly as high as its star-studded combo platter predecessor, but it still makes for a great start to the summer.
Calling all Milwaukee "bad girls"
Do you have what it takes to be a bad girl? The creators of "The Real World" and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" will hold an open casting call for Oxygen's so-bad-it's-good hit reality show "Bad Girls Club" here in Milwaukee at JB's on 41, 4040 S. 27th St., Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Ambition makes "The Place Beyond the Pines" easily worth a visit
"The Place Beyond the Pines," represents a massive leap for "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance. Its lofty aspirations come with their share of flaws, but they also come with a sense of exhilaration. To borrow a phrase from one of the film's costars, it rides like lightning but avoids crashing like thunder.
Comics, TV writers set to take Turner stage
The folks at the Pabst Theater Organization are hosting Joe Mande and Morgan Murphy as part of an Alternative Comedy night at 7 p.m. Saturday at Turner Hall.
"The Sapphires" sings a sweet feel-good number
A good song gets in your bones when you hear it. Even if the lyrics are dumb or vapid, sometimes a song just makes you feel good, good enough to sing along and dance - or at least tap your feet or sway a bit if you're in public. The Australian music dramedy "The Sapphires" is that sensation in film form.
Come on down to "The Price Is Right" live
You just might get the chance to spin the big wheel on Tuesday, April 23, when The Price Is Right Live comes to the Riverside Theater.
"Trance" teases, but then tires the brain
I'd like to think I'm a fairly smart guy (when it comes to movies, not calculus or anything like that), but "Trance" eludes me. "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle creates a puzzle in which each piece is another, smaller puzzle, and every couple of minutes, the pieces change shape, and you have to start all over again. It's a fairly exhilarating experience at first, but by the end, that exhilaration turns into exhaustion. But it's still an experience.
Media rushes to be first, rather than to be right
While we continue to sift through the emerging facts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the media continues to show that it doesn't have time to get the facts straight. The disconcerting rush to be first, as opposed to being right, has reached an all-time high.
"42" a not-so heroic telling of an American hero's tale
When Jackie Robinson came into professional baseball in 1947, he broke the rules. "42," on the other hand, follows all of the rules. It delivers everything you expect from a sports biopic and everything you already knew walking in without adding much new life or perspective. The story is powerful, if not the storytelling.
Milwaukee goes "Portlandia"
There's a new YouTube video out that gives Milwaukee a "Portlandia"-type introduction. It's pretty cool, so I thought I'd share.
Get the bare bones on adult filmmaking
Madison Young, an award-winning filmmaker, performer, director and writer, is hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 13 at Tool Shed, 2427 N. Murray Ave.
"Evil Dead" remake a fairly groovy gore-filled freak-out
Fanboys, you have nothing to be afraid of. Maybe I should rephrase that, since as a horror movie, "Evil Dead" has to plenty of squirm-inducing, cringe-worthy material that will likely have even some of the thicker-skinned gorehounds watching the movie through their fingers. When it comes to the legacy of the beloved low-budget cult classic "The Evil Dead," however, there is no reason to be scared.
Brainless "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" a real American zero
So far this year, all the big blockbuster action movies - like "A Good Day to Die Hard" and its slightly more tolerable cousin "Olympus Has Fallen" - act as though they have a license to kill brain cells. Worst of all, they only provide marginally diverting action to make up for it. Now there's the long awaited "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the most mind-numbing of the bunch.
Say yes to the authentic Chilean political drama "No"
"No," director Pablo Larraín's Academy Award nominated Chilean film, isn't simply set in the late '80s. It feels like you've been just dropped into the '80s for two hours. The movie has a marvelous sense of place and time, while also telling a story about the mixing of politics and advertising that feels as relevant as ever.
Film critic confessions: I walked out of "InAPPropriate Comedy"
This past weekend, I did something that I've never done before. It wasn't professional. I'm not proud of it. But simply put, it was something I felt I had to. I walked out of a movie.