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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

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1. "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.
2. "Stray Dog" offers a sensitive portrait of a gentle biker
Despite losing its pace near the end, "Stray Dog" is a fascinating documentary and quite the accomplishment for Debra Granik, who goes beyond making just a simple portrait of an ordinary man.
3. Despite flaws, "Life's A Breeze" has a heart the size of a mattress
Despite its flaws, the Irish comedy "Life's A Breeze" has a heart the size of a mattress. It has good intentions to delight rather than displease. It's not as satisfying as, say, finding a million Euros stuffed inside of a mattress, but I'll settle nonetheless.
4. 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.
5. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" entertains 43 years after original release
In late 1971, Disney released the part animation, part live-action film, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." Using state-of-the-art special effects of the time, this colorful, funny tale still holds up in story and song if it fails on the now-cheesy light parade.
6. Rare plot, storyline make Captain America's second movie one of the best
What we have with this home entertainment release could very well be the best comic book movie ever made for non-comic book loving people.
7. Milwaukee Film Festival announces its complete 2014 lineup
After slowly teasing its complete lineup for the past several weeks, the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival finally revealed the entire cinematic buffet it's assembled for film fans - both hardcore and casual - this morning. And my friends, it looks absolutely delicious.
8. Good news: Garbaciak returns to WISN-TV's weeknight anchor desk
WIth Joyce Garbaciak coming back to the WISN-TV weeknight anchor desk, it's Milwaukee television viewers who are the winners.
9. "Shark Tank" is a great deal for my kid and yours
The premise of "Shark Tank" is simple. Entrepreneurs make business presentations to a panel of potential investors. It's entertaining, real, honest and fun. And, it's a great watch for kids.
10. "The One I Love" offers a cleverly mind-bending take on marriage
"The One I Love" is a film that cannot be easily described, no matter how hard you tried. At the forefront, the film does begin as a straightforward drama about a young couple's failing marriage, which, really, we've seen plenty of times before. However, it takes a clever turn and sweepingly twists genres together by throwing in a little mystery and a large dab of fantastical sci-fi.
11. Milwaukee Film Festival announces a star-studded stockpile of tributes
The main draw of the Milwaukee Film Festival is right there in the title: the films. But every year, just off to the side of the main event, Milwaukee Film also wrangles together some really awesome people from the world of cinema, hands them a stage and pays fitting tribute to them. This year's lineup is no less spectacular, bringing in a diverse group of accomplished people in the business to share their film expertise and their love of movies.
12. "Three Musketeers" features Mickey, Donald, Goofy in first feature-length film
Looking back at the stories that the early animators and Walt Disney himself wanted to work on, studio and animation managers decided the three classic characters would appear together in the "Three Musketeers."
13. Milwaukee Film Festival announces Cream City Cinema lineup
This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival added another bunch of selections to its ever-growing (and ever-anticipated) lineup. Today came news from the festival's Cream City Cinema program, a showcase of the best new work coming Milwaukee-based filmmakers.
14. Amazon launches five new TV show pilots for you to rate
Amazon.com - the prime retailer to buy cool things from the comfort of your own home instead of stepping inside a sketchy Wal-Mart or an overcrowded Target - has released five new original television show pilots today that lets you, the viewer, decide which one gets developed into a series.
15. 66th Primetime Emmy Awards: the winners, losers and lack of surprises
The running theme of last night's Primetime Emmys seemed to be: Hey, if you have already won an Emmy, we'll be giving you another one tonight. We promise. The lack of real surprises this year in the categories had me thinking: Who should've won instead? Who should've even been nominated? Well, for your entertainment and my own amusement, here are my picks.
16. 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival introduces Black Lens program
This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced it had added yet another new program to its 2014 film slate: Black Lens. The new eight-film set, ranging from documentaries to fiction features, puts the focus on African American filmmakers, both emerging and established.
17. "Breaking Bad," "Sherlock" dominate Monday night's Emmy Awards
As the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards wrapped up in Los Angeles Monday night, the audience walked away with a few notable highlights.
18. 66th primetime Emmy Award nominations
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC on Aug. 25, 2014.
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19. Milwaukee Film Festival's Cinema Hooligante lineup goes to 11
Late night is looking bright, as the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its 2014 selections for its Cinema Hooligante program, a midnight mix for fans of all things cult, crazed and - considering the after bedtime showings - caffeinated.
20. Milwaukee Film Festival announces new Art + Artists program
There's a whole lot of new coming out of the Milwaukee Film Festival this year. The festival already announced its new Film Feast program, and now comes the Art + Artists program, a collection of eight documentaries about the fascinating minds behind the work and worlds of visual and performing arts.
21. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings onto shelves tomorrow
When retail outlets open their doors tomorrow morning, Sony will unleash "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," and with it an incredible debate for one of the bestselling comic book characters of all time.
22. Story at the heart of Disney's "Bears"
Narrated by John C. Reilly, the story presented by Disneynature's "Bears" will keep viewers of all ages entertained and engaged in the true life survival in the Alaskan wilderness.
23. Milwaukee Film Festival announces setlists for Sound Vision, Soundtrack
Milwaukee Film continued its outpouring of outstanding movies this morning by announcing its selections for the Sound Vision music documentary program, as well as for its live music series Soundtrack, hosted by The Hotel Foster.
24. Muppets film may be most wanted in the household
Disney's latest home entertainment release, "Muppets Most Wanted," doesn't disappoint.
25. Milwaukee Film Festival serves up new Film Feast program
Have an insatiable hunger for film and food? The Milwaukee Film Festival might just have the dish. This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced a new food-themed program for its 2014 edition, called Film Feast.