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Kenneth Burns

Isthmus film critic Kenneth Burns reviews three films at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo” and “Sami Blood.” more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

The heroine of the marvelous French comedy-drama “Marguerite” has everything she needs to succeed as an opera singer — the drive, the knowledge, the connections. Everything, that is, except the talent to sing. more

May 12, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

The slave trade is the backdrop for “Aferim!” a striking film set in Romania in 1835. Despite the depressing Romanian history that informs it, Aferim! might not immediately register as a social-issue movie. more

Apr 21, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

While some popular flicks have been sold out, there’s still plenty of chances to catch titles you won’t see anywhere else at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival. Here, Isthmus critics weigh in on some films that have the power to captivate or disturb. more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , Movies

“Krisha” is a family affair, story-wise and production-wise. The assured feature debut of Trey Edward Shults is an unflinching look at family and addiction, and it stars several member of the writer/director’s own family. more

Mar 24, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

The Colombian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is the spellbinding “Embrace of the Serpent,” about an indigenous man’s encounters with Western explorers. more

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

​“A War” is part combat thriller, part legal drama, set among Danish NATO troops on the ground in Afghanistan. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

“Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” is the fascinating tale of a woman who amassed a world-class collection of art and had affairs with some of the world’s most renowned modern artists. more

Feb 25, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

In “Mustang,” five orphaned sisters are locked up by relatives after being accused of being sexually provocative. This French-Turkish film is a harrowing yet loving tale of survival amid repression. more

Feb 18, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

The marvelous Benicio del Toro stars in “A Perfect Day,” an assured, grim comedy set amid the carnage of the Bosnian War. more

Feb 11, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

​The new documentary, “The Amazing Nina Simone,” is a fine introduction to the talented musical prodigy who led a troubled life. more

Oct 22, 2015 5:00 AM Movies

It isn’t the kind of horror movie where monsters lurk in the shadows, but “Goodnight Mommy” is a fascinating and rather nasty piece of work by the Austrian team of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. more

Oct 9, 2015 9:00 AM Movies

The riveting documentary “Listen to Me Marlon” is narrated by Brando himself, using cassette recordings the iconic actor made throughout his life. more

Sep 25, 2015 9:00 AM Movies

Despite its nearly two-hour running time, “Uncle John” doesn’t achieve the depth or drive needed to succeed. more

Sep 21, 2015 1:07 PM Movies

Elizabeth Moss is shattering as an unstable woman reeling from a breakup in “Queen of Earth.” more

Sep 11, 2015 10:00 AM Movies

​A new documentary profiles the visionary but unpleasant Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. more

Sep 3, 2015 9:00 AM Movies

Set in postwar Berlin, “Phoenix” examines the aftermath of one of history’s most hideous crimes. more

Aug 28, 2015 11:00 AM Movies

Jesse Eisenberg is wonderfully wretched as the journalist interviewing novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) in “The End of the Tour.” more

Aug 28, 2015 10:00 AM Movies

Mark Ruffalo is marvelous in “Infinitely Polar Bear,” a compassionate look at bipolar disorder and anxiety from director and screenwriter Maya Forbes. more

Aug 14, 2015 1:00 PM Movies

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Kym Balthazar Fetsko

Amy Winehouse was a gifted artist — and a train wreck. The accomplished and devastating documentary, “Amy,” examines her short, troubled life. more

Jul 10, 2015 11:20 AM Movies