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Movies & TV - March 30, 2015
Partly shot in Milwaukee, "Pilot Error" investigates the dangers of air travel
Flying is statistically the safest form of transportation. It's a popular sentiment, one commonly recited to restore confidence in the important industry after tragic disasters like the deadly Germanwings crash last week. For "Pilot Error" writer and film producer Roger Rapoport, however, that statement isn't as accurate as we'd like to think.
Movies & TV - March 29, 2015
Wait to watch Dreamworks' "Home," well, at home
For a lot of Hollywood, making a kids movie translates out to making essentially a mobile: a simply distracting mix of color and sound. And that's how you get "Home," another manic Sweet Tarts-colored whizbang to be mentally tossed away like an empty popcorn bucket as soon as the film lets out. Yes, the kids will be sated. For anyone older, however, the cue to leave "Home" to go home likely won't come soon enough.
Movies & TV - March 26, 2015
"Jodorowsky's Dune" finds hope and success in a Hollywood failure
By most definitions, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the big screen in the mid-'70s was a failure. The filmmaker's furiously inventive and imaginative movie never made it to the big screen, but man ... what a trip it would've been, at least certainly judging by Frank Pavich's hypnotically fascinating documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre.
Movies & TV - March 25, 2015
"'71": Punishment for its star, pulse-pounding thrills for its audience
I'm starting to get concerned about Jack O'Connell. First there was "Starred Up," in which he plays a violent prison inmate; then he starred in the two-hour beatdown-palooza that was "Unbroken." And now there's "'71," which doesn't even get five seconds in before it's punching O'Connell in the face and dragging him through mud. If he insists on essentially self-flagellating on screen, though, at least it's in the service of a quite good movie.
Music - March 25, 2015
50 years of Pink Floyd: Revisiting "The Dark Side" and more with Brit Floyd
2015 is shaping up to be a world tour of beloved classic rock stars. The Rolling Stones are expected to announce a Milwaukee stop ... at some point. Ringo Starr is heading to the Riverside in October, the same month The Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Also celebrating 50 years of existence: Pink Floyd, hitting the Riverside stage Thursday and Friday night. Well, kind of - in the form of tribute band Brit Floyd.
Movies & TV - March 23, 2015
"Insurgent" rebels against originality and the audience's intelligence
If "Divergent" was like "The Hunger Games" took a brick to the head, then "Insurgent" plays like "The Hunger Games" got lost in a brick hail storm. The sequel doubles down on the idiocy, incoherence and creative kleptomania the first film struggled through. Part one made it palatable; part two makes it laughable.
Arts & Entertainment - March 21, 2015
Getting the dirt on the Rep's "Low Down Dirty Blues" with Felicia Fields
Early on in the 2014-15 season, the Milwaukee Rep staged "The Color Purple." It's a show actress Felicia P. Fields knows very well; after all, her turn as Sofia in the Broadway musical scored her a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical back in 2006. It's another familiar show, however, that brings Fields back to Milwaukee: "Low Down Dirty Blues," a celebration of classic blues at its deepest and dirtiest.
Movies & TV - March 21, 2015
"What We Do in the Shadows" - Meet some bloodsuckers that don't suck
Vampires have gotten a bad rap over the last decade or so,but while the recent vampire trend has provided some pretty craterous, sell-out lows, it's also spawned a fair amount of impressive highs for the notorious neck-nibblers. For example: "What We Do in the Shadows," a hilarious New Zealand import that gushes goofy laughs like a comedy hemophiliac.
Bars & Clubs - March 19, 2015
Whisker war: A night at Uptowner's third annual beard contest
The Uptowner was packed and not just for a late Sunday afternoon. Jock Jams blared from the speakers, and anticipation was in the air. On two TVs at separate ends of the bar, the Wisconsin-Michigan State game was coming down to the wire. But that wasn't the contest the excited and eager crowd was here to see. No, the main event was the Uptowner's third annual beard competition.
Movies & TV - March 19, 2015
Neeson runs out of gas in "Run All Night"
"Run All Night" has little interest in just simply delivering B-movie thrills; it wants to be taken seriously. It wants to be a drama about men - about fathers and sons, about the family we choose and the family we're stuck with - and sins and regrets. Unfortunately, more just results in less in "Run All Night," with the dour drama and B-movie action combining to make a movie that feels more like "Amble All Night" or perhaps "Dawdle Through Dusk."
Music - March 17, 2015
Ringo Starr returns to Milwaukee for Riverside show in October
Days before the Rolling Stones are expected to announce some concert related news, a Beatle beat them to the punch. The Riverside announced this morning that famed Beatles drummer, Mr. Conductor himself Ringo Starr is coming to Milwaukee in October to play the Riverside Theater.
Music - March 17, 2015
A chat with Mike Rutherford of Mike + the Mechanics and Genesis
Ever since touring in support of the group's biggest album "The Living Years" in 1989, Mike + the Mechanics - a rock group founded by Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford - has stayed over in Europe. That changes this week, as Rutherford and company come to Milwaukee, along with Milwaukee-born Genesis/Phil Collins guitarist Daryl Stuermer as their special guest, for a show Thursday, March 19 at The Pabst Theater.
Movies & TV - March 16, 2015
"Cinderella" proves sometimes classic stories are beloved for a reason
Sometimes, as it turns out, classic stories are considered classics for a reason: because they work. And when they're brushed off and told as well as "Cinderella," they work rather spectacularly, delivering that special joy of a familiar tale brought to refreshed life, a childhood staple given its youthful glow back.
Movies & TV - March 14, 2015
"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is, well, exactly that
In the summer of 2012 - mere weeks after Marvel unleashed "The Avengers" - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" humbly unveiled its own super-team, albeit of delightful grayed British thespians. Three years later, the once pleasant franchise alternative has turned into a franchise itself. And while the returning parade of wrinkled Brits may not resemble your typical Hollywood sequel, the end result - disappointment - feels sadly all too familiar.
Arts & Entertainment - March 13, 2015
Inspired by film, "Crossroads" curator Lupton crafts the story of history
Since he was a kid, Carter Lupton has loved seeing stories told on the big screen. He still sees movies regularly; in fact, that first big screen exposure to ancient culture with 1959's "Hercules" eventually guided Lupton to where he is now, helping to craft and tell stories of his own - the ultimate story: history - as the lead curator for the Milwaukee Public Museum's "Crossroads of Civilization," the museum's first new permanent exhibition in more than a decade.
Movies & TV - March 11, 2015
As comedy or drama, "Unfinished Business" is unqualified for the job
Director Ken Scott doesn't appear to have much interest in making audiences laugh - a problem considering that the new Vince Vaughn vehicle "Unfinished Business" is ostensibly a comedy.
Arts & Entertainment - March 10, 2015
Highland Community School prepares a play inspired by ... David Lynch
As soon as the lights went down on a Saturday morning rehearsal, the happy typical childish shenanigans from before morphed into a hallucinatory Lynchian nightmare - which meant everything was going great. After all, that's exactly what Highland Community School's new production "Judy Plays With Fire" is: a hallucinatory Lynchian nightmare ... that just happens to be written for and starring grade school students.
Music - March 7, 2015
The Gaslight Anthem starts shining a light toward its future
New Jersey-based punk rockers The Gaslight Anthem are headed to Milwaukee this upcoming week for a show Thursday, March 12 at The Pabst Theater. Before then, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with drummer Benny Horowitz about the band's risky new album "Get Hurt," the state of rock, looking back on almost 10 years in the industry - and looking ahead as well.
Movies & TV - March 4, 2015
Oddball cast can't resurrect cheap scares in "The Lazarus Effect"
What's an early year PG-13 horror movie doing with such an overqualified and overall just plain odd cast? Too bad the actual movie itself isn't as surprising or unpredictable as its IMDB page, relying on the same tried and tired horror clichés, tropes and scares for success.
Movies & TV - March 3, 2015
Will Smith's "Focus" is a slight but slickly seductive rom-con
A funny thing - perhaps even a flipped-turned upside down thing - happened on the way to "Focus": The world fell out of love with Will Smith. The fairly small, R-rated con movie was never going to be the blockbuster to bring Smith firmly back up to sure thing box office status. What it does do, however, is quite nicely kill about two hours in sexy, sleek and breezily enjoyable fashion - a kind of Ocean's 6 or 7.
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