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Harvey Milk & Dan White: That '70s Shownew

I first met Dan White in October 1977 -- 13 months before he snuffed out the life of Harvey Milk.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Jerry Roberts  |  12-15-2008  |  Commentary

'Milk' is Refreshingnew

Biopic balances mainstream Hollywood with gay politics.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Bryn Evans  |  12-11-2008  |  Reviews

'Milk' is Compelling from Start to Finishnew

Gus Van Sant shows that not only can he put a story together; he can do it better than just about anyone working in film.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  12-11-2008  |  Reviews

Remembering the Lessons of Harvey Milknew

As the 30th anniversary of his assassination approached last week, coupled with the opening of the new Sean Penn biopic on his life, it became clear that the lessons of Milk are being lost to the newest generation of the LGBT community.
INDY Week  |  Steven Petrow  |  12-11-2008  |  LGBT

'Milk' Breathes Life into Counterculture Crusadernew

There is an inevitability to the tragedy of Milk, but the film never wallows in the downbeat. Instead, it gently celebrates the spirit of its indefatigable hero. More than just a martyr to the cause of gay rights, Milk was a leader who stepped up when troubled times demanded.
Weekly Alibi  |  Devin D. O'Leary  |  12-09-2008  |  Reviews

Gus Van Sant's 'Milk' is Itself a Political Actnew

Milk hits theaters amid a renewed debate over the place of homosexuals in American life. Whether the cause will help the film is anyone's guess, but there seems little doubt that the film will help the cause.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  12-02-2008  |  Reviews

'Milk' Avoids Sentimentality and Rouses Cross-Cultural Folknew

Van Sant keeps the movie brisk and engaging, taking what could have been an endless parade of period vignettes and turning them into a reflection of Milk's seemingly boundless sense of humanity. What pulls everything together, however, is Sean Penn's spectacularly infectious performance.
Metro Times  |  Jeff Meyers  |  12-02-2008  |  Reviews

'Milk': The Politics Behind the Picturenew

The new Harvey Milk movie, which opens later this month, begins as a love story, but after that, the movie gets political -- in fact, by Hollywood standards, it's remarkably political. The movie raises a lot of issues that are alive and part of San Francisco politics today.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond  |  11-19-2008  |  Movies

Gus Van Sant Gives Harvey Milk His Close-Upnew

Van Sant's first brush with Milk came in 1978 while he was driving across the country and heard on the radio that the supervisor was shot. Though he later saw the 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, it never occurred to him to make a film about the politician.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Kimberly Chun  |  11-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Gus Van Sant Delivers the Story of Harvey Milk in His Most Political Film to Datenew

Milk, starring Sean Penn, seems to have transformed Van Sant from an aloof, apolitical outsider into a defender of gay rights.
Willamette Week  |  Staff  |  11-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Harvey Milks Assaults the Sensesnew

Harvey Milk share their brand of blues rock with audiences west of the Mississippi for the first time.
Tucson Weekly  |  Gene Armstrong  |  07-24-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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