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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
 
 Movies & TV - July 22, 2014
 "The Purge: Anarchy" gets a bit more out of its killer concept
 "The Purge: Anarchy" finds DeMonaco coming closer to turning a good premise into an actually good movie. The sequel still feels like a missed opportunity for something smarter, sharper and just overall better, but hey, at least he made a decent horror thriller this time.
 
 Movies & TV - July 22, 2014
 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival adds the Times Cinema
 In addition to the successful rotation of the Oriental, the Downer and the Fox Bay movie theaters, the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival has recruited the Times Cinema to its Avengers team of old school Milwaukee movie houses.
 
 Movies & TV - July 21, 2014
 "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is an improvement, but only technically
 Thankfully, "Fire and Rescue" is a step above its predecessor, if only because the movie was actually made for big screen consumption this time. Gone is the stiff, antiseptic joylessness of the first film, now upgraded to mere bland competence. If "Planes" was like eating cardboard, "Fire and Rescue" is slightly more digestible cardboard. So progress?
 
 Music - July 19, 2014
 A chat with chamber blues creator Corky Siegel
 All musicians create new music. Even the most derivative Top 40 hit features a new combination of notes and lyrics. Very few, however, can claim to have come up with a whole new genre of sound. Chicago blues extraordinaire Corky Siegel is one of those few.
 
 Festival Guide - July 17, 2014
 A chat with Festa Italiana headliner Patrizio Buanne
 As a fan rooting for Argentina in the World Cup, last weekend was likely a little rough for Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne. This upcoming weekend, however, is shaping up much more nicely with two headlining performances set for Festa Italiana.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - July 15, 2014
 Greater Together Challenge aims for greater segregation awareness
 Today marked the kickoff of the Greater Together Challenge, a competition launched to create awareness, hope and ideas to dismantle segregation, as well as address racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 15, 2014
 A new production of "The Phantom of the Opera" haunts the Marcus
 Even though it's not even 30 years old, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical retelling of "The Phantom of the Opera" has turned into a truly iconic story, one whose elements are ingrained in the memory even if you haven't seen it. So to tinker around with the show is a bold idea. But that's exactly the case with the upcoming production of the show coming to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
 
 Music - July 15, 2014
 Field Report premieres first song off upcoming second album
 Milwaukee music fans - and fans of good music just in general - have been waiting since 2012 for news of a new record from Field Report and frontman Chris Porterfield. Well, wait no longer. Last month, Porterfield and company announced the name ("Marigolden") and release date for a sophomore album, and the good news keeps coming, as yesterday the band unveiled "Wings," the first track off the anticipated record.
 
 Movies & TV - July 12, 2014
 Sweet "Begin Again" attempts to make "Once" happen twice
 It only makes sense that, after seven years and a few projects reaching no further past his home country's shores, John Carney would want to see if the magic of "Once" could happen twice with "Begin Again." His attempt at an encore comes cleaned up of the original's homemade, lo-fi authenticity and complete with a new starry sheen. The heart and charm are still there, though.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 9, 2014
 Chatting about comedy with Marlon Wayans
 Some families are all redheads or wear glasses. Some are all athletes or outdoors folk. Some pass down their noses, ears, eye color or a particular laugh. In the case of the Wayans family, a flair for the showbiz spotlight is their special trait that seems to be the dominant gene.
 


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