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"The Immortalists" finds cinematic life in the search for eternal life

Published Monday, Sept. 29

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. 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.

Despite flaws,

Despite flaws, "Life's A Breeze" has a heart the size of a mattress

Published Sunday, Sept. 28

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. 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.

Past and present thrillingly intersect in opening night doc

Past and present thrillingly intersect in opening night doc "1971"

Published Friday, Sept. 26

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.

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A chat with director and Milwaukee Film Festival honoree Debra Granik

Published Friday, Sept. 26

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.

Opening night film

Opening night film "1971" heads back to an all too familiar time

Published Wednesday, Sept. 24

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.

"The Maze Runner" finds its way to rare YA success

Published Tuesday, Sept. 23

"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.

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Rivers posts from beyond the grave

Published Monday, Sept. 22

Joan Rivers' voice came from beyond the grave when her Facebook account spoke in the first-person, promoting the iPhone 6 on Friday, Sept. 19. She died on Sept. 4.

"This Is Where I Leave You" leaves stellar cast out to dry

Published Sunday, Sept. 21

If you were spitballing names for the ideal cast for a new grown-up dramedy, you might dream up something closely resembling the roll call for "This Is Where I Leave You." It's an impressive gathering of talented, charismatic performers. Unfortunately, they've been assembled for a less than impressive movie, a trite and tonally bipolar dramedy that doesn't deserve the embarrassment of charming, comedic riches at its disposal.

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Don't expect major radio and TV changes after September

Published Friday, Sept. 19

As we roll through the last quarter of the year, we will notice very few changes for most media outlets as they maneuver and buckle in for the rest of the year. September is really the last month radio and TV stations will make strategic staffing or scheduling changes.

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Five questions with David Eigenberg of "Chicago Fire"

Published Thursday, Sept. 18

Character actor David Eigenberg is likely best known for spending multiple seasons and two movies romancing Cynthia Nixon's Miranda Hobbes on the iconic HBO TV show "Sex and the City." Eigenberg's latest television project nowadays, however, is far from high fashion and high living in New York City. Instead of a fiery redhead, Eigenberg now co-stars with actual flames on NBC's "Chicago Fire."

"Dolphin Tale 2": unnecessary sequel still makes a small, sweet splash

Published Sunday, Sept. 14

It's hard to imagine there was much clamoring for a sequel to "Dolphin Tale." The first film was a modest early fall success back in 2011, but even then, the story of Winter the dolphin was already fairly thin dramatic material, serving as little more than a nice pleasant aside. Still, somebody thought it was a good idea to head back to the well, and surprisingly - judging from "Dolphin Tale 2" - that person wasn't wrong.