If you can find anything in the new movie listings that whets your whistle, why not travel back in time and see some of the greatest films ever made on the big screen.
The Times Cinema's Classic Film Series offers you exactly that opportunity, screening more than a dozen great pictures on its big screen on 59th and Vliet Streets.
"We've been doing classics ever since 2006 when I came in," says The Times' Larry Widen.
"They are always popular, but this is the first time we've done an actual four-month block booking in advance and that is what is giving us some real buzz. I think the series is going to take off."
The series is a bargain, too, with single admission tickets costing just $5. A three-film pass is $12 and for $15 you can catch five movies.
Here is the schedule:
Jan. 14-15: "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935)
Jan. 21-22: "This Gun for Hire" (1942)
Jan. 28-29: "Rear Window" (1954)
Feb. 11-12: "West Side Story" (1961)
Feb. 18-19: "Duck Soup" (1933)
Feb. 25-26: "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948)
March 3-4: "Vertigo" (1958)
March 10-11: "Winchester '73" (1950)
March 24-25: "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948)
March 31-April 1: "My Fair Lady" (1964)
April 7-8: "Easter Parade" (1948)
April 14- 15: "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1939)
April 21-22: "King Kong" (1933)
April 28-29: "The Big Sleep" (1946)
For a more intimate vintage movies experience, check out The Charles Allis Art Museum's Movie Time series, which this winter focuses on musicals of the 1930s.
The films are screened every other Wednesday at the East Side museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., and presented by Wisconsin film historian Dale E. Kuntz, who provides a brief into to each picture. The films are shown in original 16mm reel-to-reel versions from Kuntz's private collection.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. so you can spend an hour roaming the museum before the films start at 7:30 in the Margaret Rahill Great Hall.
Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and students.
Here is the schedule:
Jan. 11: "Love Me Tonight" (1932)
Jan. 25: "Dames" (1934)
Feb. 15:"Mississippi" (1935)
Feb. 29: "Swing Time" (1935)
March 14: "My Lucky Star" (1938)
March 28: "First Love" (1939)
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.