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"Lava" director James Ford Murphy draws a path from Marquette to Pixar

Published June 28, 2015

If you've seen Disney/Pixar's latest animated hit "Inside Out," there's a good chance a certain song has been rattling around in your mind ever since. No, not that TripleDent gum jingle, but the chorus to "Lava," the brief and beautifully rendered short about a volcanic island looking for love. While the short takes plenty of inspiration from Hawaii, as it turns out, Murphy's journey to get there made a stop right here in Milwaukee.

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All the feels: The emotional powerhouse "Inside Out" is a paragon of Pixar

Published June 23, 2015

Let the debate begin on whether "Inside Out" is the best Pixar film - my vote: it's up there - but it certainly might be the most Pixar film, an exemplar of the studio's signature combination bright, brilliant creativity and ageless, profound emotional deftness working in glowing harmony.

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French crime drama "The Connection" efficiently sells a familiar saga

Published June 20, 2015

The odds are good you've seen "The Connection" before - and not just because of its titular and topical relationship to William Friedkin's award-winning action hall of famer "The French Connection." Still, while the French true crime drama wears old threads, much like its award-winning retro-brand star Jean Dujardin, at least it wears them well.

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Outdoor movies light up the greater Milwaukee summer: 2015

Published June 16, 2015

The drive in movie may be a dwindling beast, but in greater Downtown Milwaukee the growth of the outdoor movie is on the upswing. New, free outdoor movies are coming to the Marcus Center and more. Read on for our summer outdoor movie guide.

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Luster-free "Woman in Gold" is middlebrow at its most middling

Published June 2, 2015

It may seem a little cynical to toss "Woman in Gold" aside as simply the formula of another successful movie, but considering the textureless and uninvolving results, that's exactly all that it plays like: a paint by number kit where all of the numbers correspond with shades of beige.

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"Poltergeist" is a fine horror update haunted by its superior namesake

Published May 29, 2015

As you might unfortunately predict, the new "Poltergeist" doesn't have the muster to pull it off living up to the expectations of its name. It's a fine, admirable attempt, but it's also one that never gets around to providing much of a reason for its existence.

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Witherspoon keeps buddy comedy "Hot Pursuit" from going cold

Published May 10, 2015

"Hot Pursuit" isn't a particularly strong film, and admittedly there's not much of a rousing defense to be made for it (get that pull quote ready for the ad campaign!). But there is one element - and a fairly significant one at that - in the movie's corner: Reese Witherspoon. I will go to bat for her delightfully bright eyed performance here, one that serves as just enough of a sparkplug to almost single-handedly get this tired comedic vehicle where it's going.

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Tall tales, taller giants: Behind the scenes of First Stage's "Big Fish"

Published May 6, 2015

2003's "Big Fish" is a sweet and delightful - and not just because it's one of the few times this side of the millennium you could honestly say, "I enjoyed a Tim Burton movie." Now First Stage will attempt to bring Burton's signature oddball visuals and "Big Fish" author Daniel Wallace's imagination-rich book to live, musical life on stage. In charge is director Jeff Whiting, who chatted with us about bringing tall tales - and taller giants - to life.