“Moonlight” Is A Desperately Needed Act Of Grace

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“Moonlight” is a desperately needed act of healing grace.

It’s a fluidly styled triptych portrait of flawed people facing character defining moments.

We are all more than we front – Hillary calls it public and private lives – and our behavior and actions hide as much as they reveal.

None more so than the troubled black youth who grows up in three chapters, from bullied grade school aged son of a crack addict and sexually confused adolescent with one friend into a drug dealer whose hyper masculine facade hides his secret pain.

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Cubs Win Packer-Sized Rating, Fox Point Man’s Cubs’ Film

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The Chicago Cubs dramatic extra innings World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians earned a remarkable 32.5 household rating. That means about 291,000 television households in the Milwaukee area watched the game on Fox affiliate WITI-TV. (Though Joe Buck haters might have had the sound down.)

That’s twice the rating of first game.

Also: I previously wrote about a Milwaukee native John Scheinfeld’s 2010 film about the Cubs called “We Believe.” He previously directed “The US v. John Lennon” and his latest film “Chasing Trane,” about John Coltrane, is touring the festival market.

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Football Free Final Debate Doubles Ratings

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Local ratings for the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were almost double those of the previous debate, due to the absence of competition from Green Bay Packers football.

Of course controversies surrounding both candidate could have also added to interest in the debate.

The cumulative rating for all four network affiliates was a 23 rating, or about 206,000 television homes.

WMVS-TV, FOX and MSNBC additionally earned a cumulative 10.8 rating, or the equivalent of 96,700 TV homes. That brings the total local audience for the debate to 302,700 TV homes.

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Milwaukee Viewers Vote Overwhelmingly for Packers v. Debate

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There is nothing undecided about Milwaukee viewers. They cast their vote for the Green and Gold.

In head to head competition with the tawdry presidential candidate tire fire airing on three other local channels, the Green Bay Packers game against the New York Giants posted a robust 43.7 rating on NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).

That’s the equivalent of 391,420 TV homes. A local rating point is the equivalent of 8,957 television homes.

The presidential debate – seen locally on Fox affiliate WITI-TV (Channel 6), ABC affiliate WISN-TV (Channel 12) and CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (Channel 58) – earned a cumulative 17.6 rating the equivalent of 157,643 TV homes.

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Packer Ratings Take A Big Dip But Dominate

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It’s not surprising that on the first day of the 2016 football season, the Green Bay Packers game against the Jacksonville Jaguars – and other games – were Sunday’s most watched programming.

It is surprising, however, that the overnight rating for the Packer game dipped almost nine points compared to the season opening game in 2015.

Sunday’s game earned a 38.3 rating for Fox affiliate WITI-TV (Channel 6). This means 337,882 TV homes were tuned in.

In 2015 the opening game against the Chicago Bears earned a 46.7 overnight rating, or 411,987 TV homes.

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Eastwood and Hanks’ “Sully” A No-Nonsense Everyman

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Mustaches loom large in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully.”

Large, because I saw it in IMAX where size matters.

This trivial observation, however, also speaks to a commitment to the literal that is peculiar to Eastwood’s films.

Since the pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who landed an Airbus jet in the Hudson River saving 155 “souls” and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles, both had cookie dusters in real life, so do Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart, the actors who play them.

It’s the sort ordinary detail, that like a scoop of vanilla, gives Eastwood’s storytelling a bland name.

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There Is No Gender Equity in “Equity,” With Anna Gunn

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There is no gender equity in “Equity.”

The workaholic investment banker played by Anna Gunn is deeply invested in her job. But the odds are stacked against her like the Jenga tower on the desk of her male boss. She is judged by what she wears and whether she smiles.

Her albatross is a bungled account that finds her passed over and pissed off. And when things really go sideways, her story spreads its tentacles like the diagram of a scandal.

There is the suave boyfriend suspected of illegal trading; the smarmy new tech client whose IPO she is managing; the up and coming assistant, torn between her life and her job, to whom she is mentor and competitor; and an old friend who is now working for a federal agency that oversees financial transactions she conducts.

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‘Southside With You’: When Barack Met Michelle

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“Southside With You” is the no drama Obama first date movie.

They met in 1989 in Chicago where Barack was a Harvard law school intern at the firm where Michelle worked.

He was a laid back chain smoker and neighborhood organizer with a charismatic speaking style, she was a nose to the grindstone black woman who worked twice as hard as her white male colleagues.

“It’s not date,” she insists throughout as they drive around, walk around, eat lunch, attend a community meeting, have a beer and end up at a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”

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Packers Ratings Beat Olympics. Also, Sky Is Blue

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Milwaukee area TV households like their sports to be green and gold if Friday nights ratings are any indication. Also there is gambling in Casablanca.

The meaningless Green Bay Packer  pre-season victory against the Cleveland Browns on WMLW-TV beat NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics by a full 4 rating points or about 35,200 TV homes.

Weigel-owned WMLW won the night – the first time I’ve ever written that – with a 16.3 rating, or about 143,800 viewers.

NBC affiliate WTMJ earned a 12.2 or about 107,000 TV homes. A local rating point is the equivalent of about 8,822 TV homes.

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Desperate “Suicide Squad” All Shock, No Awe

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“Suicide Squad” has no clothes. And I’m not talking about scantily clad Harley Quinn.

This violent and chaotic placeholder between “Batman V. Superman” and “Justice League” is a desperate and derivative exercise in catchup by a DC Comics tired of eating the dust of the relatively stable and comparatively benevolent Marvel Comics universe.

Like “BvS” Suicide Squad is a journey into shadows where good and bad look and act alike. This false equivalency is dramatically exaggerated simply for effect and the result is shock but no awe.

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