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Here's the full 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival lineup Image

Here's the full 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival lineup

Published Thursday, Sept. 3

Prepare to clear your calendars for the last week of September and the first week of October, eat a diet of popcorn and Junior Mints, and get very familiar with the theater staffs at the Oriental, Downer, Times Cinema, Fox Bay Cinema Grill and the newly added Avalon Theater. This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced the complete lineup for this year's edition.

Operation documentary aims to keep game inventor's story buzzing Image

Operation documentary aims to keep game inventor's story buzzing

Published Thursday, Aug. 27

Growing up, the Bay View-based toy maker Peggy Brown has plenty of memories of the classic board game Operation - and her family didn't even own it. Decades later, Brown - along with her friend and fellow toy maker Tim Walsh - are trying to give something back to the man whose legendarily buzz-worthy game gave them so many fun times and fond memories over the years with the documentary "Buzz Heard 'Round the World."

Milwaukee Film Festival announces Cream City Cinema lineup  Image

Milwaukee Film Festival announces Cream City Cinema lineup

Published Thursday, Aug. 27

This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its lineup for the 2015 Cream City Cinema program, which highlights the talents of locally-based filmmakers - and awards one with a $5,000 cash prize. This year's collection of picks includes three documentaries, two feature-length fiction films and four shorts programs - including the debut of the "The Milwaukee Music Video Show."

Milwaukee duo hopes Kickstarter can get them to

Milwaukee duo hopes Kickstarter can get them to "Shangri-L.A."

Published Wednesday, Aug. 26

Now, with their Internet comedy series "Shangri-L.A.," Milwaukee-grown filmmakers Drew Rosas and Nick Sommer ("Billy Club," "Pester") are the latest to go in search of the worldly utopia. Well, kind of, as the search for dreams brings them to the very real city of Los Angeles - and to Kickstarter to help finish the 11 episode production.

"Phoenix" is a "Vertigo"-riffing psychological slow burn that soars

Published Sunday, Aug. 23

If you're planning on riffing off of one of Hollywood's greatest director's greatest movies, you better know what you're doing. Luckily, the man behind "Phoenix" is the extremely talented German director Christian Petzold, who smartly takes a touch of Hitchcock and twists it into an impressive project all of his own, a brilliantly crafted modern post-war noir carefully cloaked in mystery that slowly but satisfyingly burns to a quiet fireworks display of a finale.

Guy Ritchie's fizzy

Guy Ritchie's fizzy "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is U.N.R.E.M.A.R.K.A.B.L.E.

Published Saturday, Aug. 22

The jazzy retro style of Guy Ritchie's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is slinky fun, but enjoy it while you can because, like a toddler, if you take your eyes off it for a second to grab your drink or glance at your watch or merely blink, it is gone, a whooshing little breeze where it once used to be on screen and in your mind. The projector might as well be one of those neuralizers from "Men in Black."

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35mm prints of "Jaws" and "The Shining" lead 2015 Cinema Hooligante lineup

Published Thursday, Aug. 20

This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its lineup for this year's Cinema Hooligante program, a collection of films dedicated to all things gory, raunchy, offensive, scary, trippy and generally speaking bonkers. Topping that list this year are two 35mm screenings: one for Steven Spielberg's game-changing blockbuster "Jaws" and one for the greatest horror movie ever made, "The Shining."

Sturm Special Effects sprinkles faux snow over Hollywood Image

Sturm Special Effects sprinkles faux snow over Hollywood

Published Wednesday, Aug. 19

Dieter Sturm may not be a household name, but for about 30 years, his work has been all over some of your favorite Hollywood movies. Yes, fitting for a Wisconsinite, Sturm's business is snow, and when a Hollywood production needs to call in anything from a flurry to a blizzard, Sturm and his Lake Geneva-based company Sturm Special Effects bring the storm.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival announces Art + Artists lineup Image

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival announces Art + Artists lineup

Published Wednesday, Aug. 19

The good news keeps pouring out of the Milwaukee Film office this month. After previously announcing its Film Feast, Rated K: For Kids, Black Lens and Sound Vision lineups, today the festival added its picks for its Art + Artists program, including a U.S. premiere and the latest from Bobcat Goldthwait.

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Milwaukee Film Festival announces return of Film Feast program

Published Tuesday, Aug. 18

Hungry for more movies to satisfy both your film fanatic and foodie sides? Well, this morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced the return of its Film Feast program - sponsored by OnMilwaukee.com and BelAir Cantina - a collection of eight delectable documentaries and features dedicated to dining, drinking and all that comes with.

It's clobberin' time indeed:

It's clobberin' time indeed: "Fantastic Four" is fantastically poor

Published Saturday, Aug. 15

Some legendary movies managed to emerge from production fires stronger - "Jaws" and "Apocalypse Now" most famously - but "Fantastic Four" lands far from joining that company. The movie is a mess, one that - even at its best and most promising - plays like a sleepy also-ran before it even gets out of the gate.

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Milwaukee Talks: FOX 6 reporter Laura Langemo

Published Thursday, Aug. 13

Laura Langemo doesn't take herself too seriously. In fact, the FOX 6 Wakeup News reporter says her goal is to make viewers laugh a little while going through their morning routine, and to that extent, she's willing to try just about anything for a great story.