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On the Marquee for the Week of April 21, 2014
Stock up on that discount Easter candy and treat yourself to some movies this week.

***CRITIC'S CHOICE***

Tuesday, April 22: Sorcerer released on Blu-Ray

Call local media retailers or order online!

William Friedkin's masterpiece of tension is finally released on Blu-Ray after long languishing in limbo. A remake of the Henri-Georges Clouzot film The Wages of Fear (itself an epic achievement), Friedkin's movie takes an almost fatalist view of four men who cannot go back home for various (and increasingly discomfiting) reasons who agree to transport highly volatile nitroglycerin over 200 miles of rocky and dangerous terrain. Featuring the definitive Roy Scheider’s performance, alongside a pulsing Tangerine Dream score, the movie’s tension is nearly unbearable for long stretches of time. He establishes how quickly and violently an explosion can rip through the fabric of life at a moment's notice and then forces us to hold our breath for the rest of the film as we anticipate the arrival of yet another. An absolute masterpiece that you should buy sight unseen or happily gobble up if you're of the select few who have previously been privy to this masterwork.

Wednesday, April 23: Thin Ice

7:30 p.m. @ Charles Allis Art Museum ($7/$5/free for adults/seniors and students/museum members)

No one program should have all this (Tyrone) Power. Charles Allis kicks off its spring program that celebrates the 100th birthday of Tyrone Power with this unique variant on the movie musical starring Olympic champion ice skater, Sonja Heine. There was a whole cottage industry back in the day based on placing people whose fame was earned in another arena into the world of cinema, playing up to their strengths. Films like this attempted to artfully graft ice dance into its plot (which here surrounds Power's prince in hiding falling in love with the Henie character). The fun film captures a unique moment in Hollywood stardom. 

Thursday, April 24: Visitors

7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (FREE!)

It's now been 30 years since the Godfrey Reggio/Phillip Glass pairing first started expanding our minds as to the limits of cinema with their remarkable collaboration Koyaanisqatsi and 10 years since their last pairing, so the news that they've gotten the band back together should be exciting enough to warrant a viewing from any serious cinema fan. Like all of his previous work, Godfrey takes us through locations natural, physical and simulated in Visitors, giving us an inimitable portrait of who and where we are as people at this point in time in our history. Filled with sumptuous black and white cinematography, he's crafted another contemplative work of art in a world of crash-cutting and easily digestible portions of media.

Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27: The Italian Film Festival comes to Milwaukee

7 p.m. & 9 p.m. 4/25; 5 p.m., 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. 4/26; and 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. 4/27 @ UWM Union Theatre (FREE!) 

Hot off the success of the Latin American Film Series just a couple weeks prior, UWM is hosting another weekend celebration of foreign cinema with this special Italian Film Festival, running Friday through Sunday. Featuring the 2013 MFF selection Reality, the festival showcases many genres from the comedic Long Live Freedom (in which a disappeared politician is replaced with his twin brother fresh out of the psych ward) all the way to the elegiac documentary The Venice Syndrome that tackles how inhabitable tourism has made the gorgeous city. A rare chance to immerse yourself in the works of another culture and one that should be taken without hesitation!

Saturday, April 26: The Glass Key

7 p.m. @ The Church in the City ($3) 

Round out your week in cinema with this 1942 Dashiell Hammett adaptation starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. While neither have necessarily persisted as widely remembered names in cinema (although Ladd's place is cemented by his work in Shane), they were both strong performers when paired with the right material (just look to the remarkable Sullivan's Travels for Lake) and this tale of political corruption and the twisted trail of murder it leaves behind might just fit the bill.





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