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"True Story" is less than the sum of its talented, intriguing parts

Published Sunday, April 26

Adapted from the 2005 memoir of the same name, "True Story" plays like an intriguingly well-paved road to nowhere. The movie certainly presents plenty of interesting pieces: two actors - Jonah Hill and James Franco - playing against type but perfectly cast, a post-Oscar nomination Felicity Jones and a bizarre real story. Part by part, it's fairly engaging, but when it comes time to add everything together, the final sum is as nondescript as its title.

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Milwaukee's Feldman brings national radio show to The Pabst

Published Friday, April 24

Michael Feldman and Wisconsin Public Radio will broadcast his show "Whad'Ya Know?" live Saturday morning from The Pabst Theater. Through NPR and Public Radio International, it will be heard around the world.

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TV Tidbits: Netflix's "Daredevil" thankfully nabs a second season

Published Wednesday, April 22

Just recently, Netflix has made a few announcements. Marvel's "Daredevil" has thankfully been picked up for a second season, "Parks and Recreation" funnyman Aziz Ansari has a new series on the way and the "Full House" revival titled "Fuller House" is actually going to be a thing and not just a figment of TV's bad idea dream factory. If that all wasn't enough, Lena Dunham said that she wants to make a "Girls" movie ... when she's 40 years old.

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Get to know Gortimer Gibbon

Published Wednesday, April 22

Seeking a new family show to watch this past weekend Jeff Sherman did some searching and reading on Twitter, and found the Amazon Original Series "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street."

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Death by buffering: "Unfriended" delivers a gimmick that clicks

Published Wednesday, April 22

I've had some less than flattering things to say about found footage in recent years, calling it things like "the worst of today's low budget Hollywood filmmaking" and "a thing that shouldn't exist anymore." So let's all take a moment and marvel at the fact that in the new techno-horror flick "Unfriended," the found footage-esque visual gimmick not only works, but it's the best part of the movie. The result isn't much for scares, but it is scarily entertaining.

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Russian murder mystery "Child 44" is a slow Soviet snore

Published Tuesday, April 21

Welcome back to Unceremonious Overqualified Movie Dump Theatre. The most recent entry: "Child 44," which features an impressive roster of stars but was cut down to a mere 510 theaters just a few weeks before its release. It was a bad omen and unfortunately an accurate one as well, as the apparent lack of confidence from the studio equals a lack of quality on the screen.

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Is BuzzFeed truthful?

Published Monday, April 20

BuzzFeed launched an internal investigation to see if any questions or comments were deleted after the new editor-in-chief Ben Smith was hired in the beginning of 2012. The results may have an impact on the perception of the site's integrity.

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WMIL continues its market dominance

Published Friday, April 17

Super-serving a niche audience can provide radio dominance in Milwaukee. Media watchers need not look further than country music powerhouse WMIL-FM to find a successful playbook on how to get and maintain an audience.

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Play it again, Sam: Inside the MSO and Riverside's showing of "Casablanca"

Published Friday, April 17

The Riverside's distant past will become the present as the legendary theater will play host to two screenings of the beloved 1942 classic "Casablanca" Friday and Saturday night. And to complete the blast to the past vibe of the event, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform Max Steiner's famous score alongside the movie.

"American Pickers" seeking Milwaukee collections to scour

Published Monday, April 13

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are from Iowa, but they trek quite a few miles through Wisconsin. The pair of antique dealers are the driving force behind History Channel's "American Pickers." Producers of the show reached out to VISIT Milwaukee last week to help spread the word that they are looking for collections in Milwaukee to pick.

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Indie horror hit "It Follows" creepily chronicles the terror of growing up

Published Monday, April 13

For 100 minutes, writer-director David Robert Mitchell's breakout indie horror flick "It Follows" manages to maintain a continuous feeling of impending, skin-shivering dread. The smart, suspenseful result is the best kind of nightmare, one from which you want to wake up but are too eerily entranced to actually do anything about it.

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The fast and the ridiculous: "Furious 7" grows into a giddy action cartoon

Published Saturday, April 11

Completing the franchise's evolution from street racing box office surprise to global dominating live-action cartoon, "Furious 7" is basically Hollywood's version of a turducken. It's a greasy, gaudy monstrosity, a monument to excess and absurdity - all pretty much cooked to lip-smacking satisfaction.

"Wild Tales" is a bitterly entertaining six-course meal of sweet revenge

Published Wednesday, April 8

The opening credits may prattle off stills of beasts - lions, zebras, cheetahs and the like - in the wild. They've got nothing, however, on the civilized animals of the deliciously devious Argentinean anthology - and 2015 Best Foreign Film nominee - "Wild Tales," their claws all out and bloody for revenge. And as the famous phrase goes, revenge is a dish best served six times and mercilessly. Or something like that.

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TV Tidbits: Cable cutters, HBO Now is available for your entertainment

Published Wednesday, April 8

Cable-cutters rejoice! HBO Now is available starting this month for free! If that doesn't make you squeal with joy, then sour your mood even more so with the news that David Lynch isn't coming back for "Twin Peaks" because of money. But, look on the bright side, there might be new episodes of "Arrested Development" coming up, and "Game of Thrones," "Veep" and "Silicon Valley" are all coming back this Sunday.