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Movies & TV - Jan. 11, 2013
"Gangster Squad" takes sensationalized aim at gangland nostalgia
Classic gangsters loved a good embarrassment of riches. And for a movie like "Gangster Squad," showing off is fine. But, when the swanky style of the era meets the stylized swank of the movie's own excesses, things get out of hand.
Living - Jan. 3, 2013
Go on, track me
It feels like not a week goes by without someone posting something about how Facebook's invading everyone's privacy, spying on your browser history, etc., ad nauseum. (These posts are usually made on Facebook, by the way.) I understand the generic concern over the Orwellian slippery slope, but it doesn't take me too long to re-assess and arrive back at my old conclusion: Who cares?
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 31, 2012
Local performers join forces for MKE Follies
Although outsiders may not see Milwaukee as a hotbed for the performing arts, locals know there's plenty of talent to go around. And, there are numerous venues across the city that proudly show off area actors, dancers and musicians. But, despite the wide array of opportunities available, Katie Rhyme and Karen Zakrzewski still felt something important was missing.
Movies & TV - Dec. 25, 2012
"Les Miserables" makes for a miserable movie
Merry Christmas, "Les Miz" lovers - I'm about to hate all over your musical.
Movies & TV - Dec. 25, 2012
"Django Unchained" is off the hook
Well, it took director Quentin Tarantino 20 years, but he finally got his Western ... kinda. Although it's fair to say he's been preparing his entire career with his raucously bloody shoot-'em-ups, Tarantino's time warming up has been well spent if "Django Unchained" is the final result
Movies & TV - Dec. 21, 2012
"This is 40" is a movie in mid-life crisis
Unlike most middle-aged men, Judd Apatow can afford a whole garage of Camaros and Mustangs. So, it makes sense that his mid-life crisis would manifest not with a youthful car buy, but by splurging on the production of a new movie.
Buzz - Dec. 19, 2012
2012 picks: Renee Lorenz
They say time flies when you're having fun. I don't know who "they" are (probably those terrifyingly upbeat "glass half full" people), but they nailed it. My 2012 is a blur of exciting times and memorable moments, most of which my lawyers have advised me not to discuss in detail. There's still plenty to talk about, though, and I've shared the highlights below.
Movies & TV - Dec. 18, 2012
10 movie winners (and five big losers) of 2012
Well, another year of movies is (almost) in the books. Full of many memorable ups and seared-in-my-brain-forever downs, here's my take on the best (and worst) of 2012.
Movies & TV - Dec. 14, 2012
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is a welcome adventure
Eleven years after "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" introduced audiences to the majesty of director Peter Jackson's Middle-earth, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" makes a triumphant return to the mythical land with a new trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit."
Holiday Guide - Dec. 12, 2012
My pseudo-Christmas wish list
After being tasked with putting together an actual wish list, I'm legitimately afraid of the death glare I'll get if I hand over my ultra-practical, completely un-whimsical list of stuff I want. So, I'm posting it here.
Movies & TV - Dec. 11, 2012
Found Footage Festival continues to explore the weird world of VHS
Ferrets. A singing geriatric in an eye patch. Disturbingly upbeat wound care. These topics are the most recent added to the popular Found Footage Festival, which returns Dec. 19 with its sixth volume of so-bad-they're-good clips.
Movies & TV - Dec. 10, 2012
"Hitchcock" delves into the mind of the master of suspense
Movies about legendary historical figures almost always carry extra weight on their shoulders. But, "Hitchcock" went there, and emerged relatively unscathed with a clever, if superficial, homage to the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.
Holiday Guide - Dec. 7, 2012
Get in the holiday "spirit" with local seasonal libations
Winter means more than shutting yourself up at home with Rumchata'd weekend coffee. Just like many of you have plans to deck the halls and light up your homes with a little festive glow, there's no reason why your palate should go, well, un-lit.
Movies & TV - Nov. 30, 2012
"Killing Them Softly" more of a drawn-out cinematic death
On the outside, "Killing Them Softly" looks like the perfect respite from all the glittering Oscar bait scrambling to hit theaters before the year's out. Yeah, not so much.
Holiday Guide - Nov. 29, 2012
How your holiday donation finds a home: Behind the scenes at Hunger Task Force
The donations added to the annual Hunger Task Force bins may be a simple gesture, but they're just the beginning of a much larger and more intricate process.
Holiday Guide - Nov. 23, 2012
Beer me, Black Friday
I'm not a Black Friday shopper. Tempt my lushy proclivities, however, and you've got a whole different ball game on your hands. That's just what was on the itinerary this morning when I and two of my friends ventured out into the frozen hell that was 4 a.m. on a quest for fame, glory and Lakefront beer.
Movies & TV - Nov. 21, 2012
"Rise of the Guardians" continues the string of solid kid flicks
It's been a great year for kids movies. This week adds "Rise of the Guardians" to that list - a whimsical fantasy about children's most famous fabled icons and their secret allegiance to protect the collective innocence of childhood.
Movies & TV - Nov. 21, 2012
Take note of "Silver Linings Playbook"
As much as I like him in his more serious work, I'm always surprised when Bradley Cooper turns in a performance that strays from his name-making "Hangover" persona. If anything can change my mind, though, it's his thoroughly human contribution to "Silver Linings Playbook."
Movies & TV - Nov. 21, 2012
New "Red Dawn" should never have risen
After some minor financial oopses at MGM (read: filing for bankruptcy) and even more post-production delays (Chinese invaders don't just Photoshop themselves into North Koreans overnight, you know), the remade "Red Dawn" finally gets to see the light of day.
Movies & TV - Nov. 16, 2012
"Breaking Dawn - Part 2": It's exactly what you think it is
It wasn't too long ago that the Mythbusters proved to the world that you can, indeed, polish a turd. So, I don't know why I ever had so many reservations about the cinematic incarnations of the "Twilight" saga.
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