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Music - Nov. 27, 2015
Confessions of a stand-up drummer
When I started to play the drum set some 40-odd years ago, I never thought that someday I'd be standing up to earn my living as a professional. Drummers didn't stand up to perform. Standing to play wasn't allowed, or so I thought at the time.
Movies & TV - Aug. 2, 2015
Gyllenhaal's boxing drama "Southpaw" packs minimal punch
Jake Gyllenhaal's impressive physical transformation from scrawny media parasite in "Nightcrawler" to pro boxer in "Southpaw" has snagged most of the movie's pre-release hubbub - partly because, well, there's not all that much to say about the cliche-ridden, predictable film housing that handsome new physique.
Movies & TV - Sept. 26, 2014
Past and present thrillingly intersect in opening night doc "1971"
There's something charmingly retro about the tools of the thieving trade on display in "1971," Johanna Hamilton's new documentary that opened the Milwaukee Film Festival last night. However, those tools, plus maybe a few pairs of oversized glasses and some playful period protest cheekiness, are the only things that feel dated about the thrilling, all too timely story "1971" comes to tell.
Movies & TV - Sept. 24, 2014
Opening night film "1971" heads back to an all too familiar time
A story about concerned citizens stealing FBI info gathered in ethically dubious ways sounds ripped from today's headlines. This particular story, however, doesn't take place now but over 40 years ago, and instead of Edward Snowden's name in middle of the debate, it was a small group of activists called the Citizens' Commission. This all too relevant moment takes center stage in "1971," the Milwaukee Film Festival's opening night selection.
Movies & TV - June 16, 2014
"A Long Way Down" takes a leap but fails to be funny
As it stands now, "A Long Way Down" is a film that should've been insightful and moving. To our great misfortune, however, it was savaged by a screenplay that should be thrown into a fire and direction that's as laughably bad as the direction of a below average community theatre production.

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