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Matt Mueller

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As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.

Recent Articles
 Arts & Entertainment - October 1, 2014
 "after all the terrible things I do" brings tough issues to The Rep
 The Milwaukee Rep's latest production, the drama "after all the terrible things that I do," deals with some of today's most difficult and challenging modern conversations, ones as a society people are still parsing through - or maybe trying to avoid. Yet that's not what scares the show's lead actors, Mark Junek and Sophia Skiles, going into the show's opening.
 Movies & TV - September 30, 2014
 L.A.-filmed, Milwaukee-made "Pester" creeps and crawls onto the big screen
 Almost all of the animals in the animal kingdom have the people's care, appreciation and respect ... except bugs. They are annoyances, they are pests and we have no problem brutally murdering them for trespassing on our territory. We have vegetarians and vegans, but very few coming to defend the rights and dignity of little multi-legged critters. Consider writer-director Eric Gerber, the writer-director behind "Pester," one of those very few.
 Movies & TV - September 29, 2014
 "The Immortalists" finds cinematic life in the search for eternal life
 No matter how much you try to dodge or avoid or fend it off, age comes for us all. But what if it ... didn't? That's the obvious yet unanswerable essential question driving Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Gray, the two scientists at the center of "The Immortalists," the thoroughly compelling new doc currently showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
 Movies & TV - September 29, 2014
 "Psychopath" chronicles a dream project about creating nightmares
 After working in cheap reality TV for years - including an MTV show called "That '70s House," essentially "Big Brother" or "The Real World" clad in hippie garb - Marquez decided he needed a break from reality TV and wanted to dip his toes into something completely different: actual reality. A decade later, the result is "Psychopath."
 Movies & TV - September 27, 2014
 Talking the state of cinema with critic and festival tribute Wesley Morris
 Before his keynote state of cinema lecture at the Colectivo on Prospect today at noon, got a chance to chat with Wesley Morris - Pulitzer Prize winning film critic and 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival tribute - and pick his brain about his movie memories and - what else - the state of cinema.
 Movies & TV - September 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 - September 26, 2014
 A chat with director and Milwaukee Film Festival honoree Debra Granik
 Before "Winter's Bone," Jennifer Lawrence was an aspiring actress with a couple of little-seen indie credits and a running TV gig on "The Bill Engvall Show." After "Winter's Bone," she was one of the hottest names in the business. Of course, much of that is because Lawrence is a talented actress, but on some level, she has writer-director Debra Granik to thank.
 Movies & TV - September 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 - September 23, 2014
 "The Maze Runner" finds its way to rare YA success
 "The Maze Runner" is a fairly impressive feat: It feels fresh, edgy and exciting - despite the fact that, as the 47th YA adaptation in the last month (a rough estimate), it absolutely shouldn't.
 Music - September 22, 2014
 A chat with Cory Chisel
 Cory Chisel currently calls Nashville home, but the folk country Americana rock band leader certainly hasn't cut ties with Wisconsin, the state that he called home for many years before hitting the road and making it big.

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