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

Published April 22, 2015

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 April 21, 2015

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

Published April 17, 2015

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.

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

Published April 13, 2015

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 April 11, 2015

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.

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

Published April 8, 2015

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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Even with Ferrell and Hart, "Get Hard" only dishes out soft laughs

Published April 7, 2015

There's a glimmer of what Adam McKay and company's usual comedic mix of awareness and absurdity are trying to do with the borderline questionable concept of "Get Hard." Handled with a smart and clever edge, the film could've been a sharp, funny mockery of race relations, stereotypes and the country's obliviously wealthy haves. However, handle it poorly - steer it down the path of lazy execution and easy gags - and, well, you get "Get Hard."

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Partly shot in Milwaukee, "Pilot Error" investigates the dangers of air travel

Published March 30, 2015

Flying is statistically the safest form of transportation. It's a popular sentiment, one commonly recited to restore confidence in the important industry after tragic disasters like the deadly Germanwings crash last week. For "Pilot Error" writer and film producer Roger Rapoport, however, that statement isn't as accurate as we'd like to think.

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Wait to watch Dreamworks' "Home," well, at home

Published March 29, 2015

For a lot of Hollywood, making a kids movie translates out to making essentially a mobile: a simply distracting mix of color and sound. And that's how you get "Home," another manic Sweet Tarts-colored whizbang to be mentally tossed away like an empty popcorn bucket as soon as the film lets out. Yes, the kids will be sated. For anyone older, however, the cue to leave "Home" to go home likely won't come soon enough.

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"Jodorowsky's Dune" finds hope and success in a Hollywood failure

Published March 26, 2015

By most definitions, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the big screen in the mid-'70s was a failure. The filmmaker's furiously inventive and imaginative movie never made it to the big screen, but man ... what a trip it would've been, at least certainly judging by Frank Pavich's hypnotically fascinating documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre.

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"'71": Punishment for its star, pulse-pounding thrills for its audience

Published March 25, 2015

I'm starting to get concerned about Jack O'Connell. First there was "Starred Up," in which he plays a violent prison inmate; then he starred in the two-hour beatdown-palooza that was "Unbroken." And now there's "'71," which doesn't even get five seconds in before it's punching O'Connell in the face and dragging him through mud. If he insists on essentially self-flagellating on screen, though, at least it's in the service of a quite good movie.

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"Insurgent" rebels against originality and the audience's intelligence

Published March 23, 2015

If "Divergent" was like "The Hunger Games" took a brick to the head, then "Insurgent" plays like "The Hunger Games" got lost in a brick hail storm. The sequel doubles down on the idiocy, incoherence and creative kleptomania the first film struggled through. Part one made it palatable; part two makes it laughable.