Film

UWM presents 11-day LGBT film festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:46

Blackbird opens the LGBT Film/Video Festival. — PHOTO: Courtesy

For the past four years, organizers of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival have given audiences an embarrassment of riches, packing a daunting number of films into a single weekend in October.

‘Love Is Strange’ is an understated but tender film

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:23

Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in Love Is Strange. — PHOTO: Courtesy

A gay couple together for almost four decades are separated — at least physically — by factors beyond their control in Love Is Strange, the latest tender and meandering exploration of human relationships from indie darling Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue). 

'Sharknado 2' a hilarious must-see treat

Written by By FRAZIER MOORE,
AP television writer
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:24

Don’t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I’ll be ready.

You might as well batten down the hatches, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. EDT).

‘Game of Thrones’ earns 19 Emmy nominations

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 11 July 2014 18:15

The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17.

Sneak peek of some major fall releases

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff reporter
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:38

New this fall in theaters…

‘Interstellar’

Hear (and watch) women roar on new fall TV shows

Written by FRAZIER MOORE,
AP TV writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:55

"The Good Wife," "Homeland," "Scandal," "Nurse Jackie" and, well, "Girls" are just a few current shows that put women front and center.

And this fall, even more women are stepping up.

‘Downton Abbey’ back on Jan. 4 for season 5

Written by The AP Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:24

“Downton Abbey” will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, “Sherlock,” is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said.

“We will have to wait to know when it’s finished and available,” Kerger said of the mystery starring Benedict Cumberbatch. “Whenever it comes, we’ll put it in a wonderful place.”

‘Old lion’ Kathy Bates still roaring

Written by Mike Cidoni Lennox,
AP writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 20:49

Sandra Oh and Kathy Bates play a lesbian couple in Tammy. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Kathy Bates calls herself “an old lion.”

MMoCA launches expanded fall film series

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:36

Venus in Fur, screening Oct. 15 in Madison. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Spotlight Cinema series returns at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall with the Madison premieres of eight acclaimed documentary and narrative features.

Learning to dance like James Brown

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:20

Photo: D. Stevens/Universal Pictures Chadwick Boseman, as James Brown in the new film Get on Up, a biopic based on the life of the Godfather of Soul.

Choreographer Aakomon “AJ” Jones was given 30 days to teach actor Chadwick Boseman to dance like the inimitable James Brown. The task would have been less challenging if Boseman had ever danced professionally.

Review: Woody Allen's sweet, sugary 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 25 July 2014 22:51

Woody Allen’s late period has been defined by a quality you wouldn’t have expected from the man who produced the inspired chaos of “Bananas” or the Fellini-esque carnival of “Stardust Memories”: tidiness.

For years now, Allen’s films have been light farces (“Midnight in Paris,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) or neatly structured parables (“Match Point,” “Blue Jasmine”). They breeze in innocuously in the summer, promising pleasant entertainment and not much more.

Review: 'Tammy' misses the funny bone

Written by The AP Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:35

Meet Tammy. Boy, is she a mess. Angry, profane and aggressive, then suddenly shy and sweet. Sometimes she's funny, sometimes totally not. She can't figure out what she wants to do or be, or where to go. She has loads of people around her, yet can't figure out what to do with them. This one's in desperate need of outside help.

And you thought we were talking about Tammy, the character — played by lovable Melissa McCarthy in her first venture as producer, star and co-writer with husband Ben Falcone. Well, sure. But really we're talking about "Tammy" the movie, about which all of the above descriptions are also true.