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Short doc "The 414s" hacks its way into Sundance, CNN

Published Jan. 27, 2015

Over 30 years after the event - but just in time for today's headlines - local filmmakers Michael T. Vollmann (the Wisconsin Film Festival-winning short "Before You") and Chris James Thompson ("The Jeffrey Dahmer Files") are putting the true story of a group of young Milwaukee hackers back in the spotlight with their new short documentary "The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers."

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J. Lo's "The Boy Next Door": Take a pass on these cookies

Published Jan. 26, 2015

As a gender-swapped sexy stalker thriller in the vein of "Fatal Attraction," "The Boy Next Door" is about as dead in the water as Michael Douglas' infamous pet bunny. However, as a tawdry slab of silly, giggle-inducing camp, "The Boy Next Door" scores more laughs than most intentional comedies. There's entertainment to be found here - cue the cookie-related innuendos - just never particularly of the variety the filmmakers were going for.

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"Strange Magic" orders up plenty of strange but not too much magic

Published Jan. 24, 2015

It doesn't take long into George Lucas' bizarre new animated movie "Strange Magic" to ask "What the heck am I watching?" Not shortly after, that question turns into "Why the heck am I still watching this?" It's hard to rationalize a good answer for either.

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"Blackhat" comes dangerously close to resembling a hack job

Published Jan. 22, 2015

After the Sony hack forced "The Interview" out of its prime Christmas release slot, "Blackhat" seemed to be perfectly primed to take its place. Alas, Universal kept the film in January. And maybe that was for the best, because even with its timely sounding synopsis, "Blackhat" plays like a relic, recalling less the anxiety of today's headlines and more the warmed-over memories of yesterday's forgettable action junk and silly techno-trash.

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Milwaukee Film Festival announces 2015 dates

Published Jan. 21, 2015

This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced the official dates of its upcoming 2015 edition. The 15-day extravaganza of movies, short movies, educational movie screenings, post-movie conversations and panel discussions - likely about movies - will run from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 8.

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"Selma" powerfully presents MLK and the hard road to history

Published Jan. 20, 2015

"Selma" is much more accomplished than "timely" gives it credit - or that its award season release and Important Movie surface may imply. It may appear like yet another Great Man Oscar bait biopic. Instead, it plays exactly like what many of those films are desperately reaching to be: a deeply powerful and deftly nuanced movie, one that beautifully captures the man and his mission with clear eyes, leaving viewers with teary ones thoroughly earned.

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The 2015 Oscar nominations are in

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Bright and early this morning, the joint forces of Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs prattled off the 2015 Oscar nominees. "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lead the pack with nine nominations for each - including Best Picture nods for both.

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"Inherent Vice" gives off one great, groovy second-hand high

Published Jan. 14, 2015

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's been called a lot of things over his prodigious career. Light and cartoonish, however, would not likely be two of them. Yet here we are with "Inherent Vice," which goes down satisfyingly like a late night pizza on 4/20.

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The best (and worst) movies of 2014

Published Jan. 12, 2015

Hollywood insiders and magazines would have you believe 2014 was a miserable year for movies. And from a financial perspective, yes, they're totally correct. From a quality standpoint, however, 2014 was kind of terrific. Movie critic Matt Mueller breaks down the best (and a few of the worst) the year had to offer.

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"The Woman in Black 2": Atmosphere abounds in scare-free start to 2015

Published Jan. 7, 2015

Like any respectable horror movie villain, "The Woman in Black" has refused to die, returning for the January sequel "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death." Other than a jump in time period and a distinct lack of star power (Daniel Radcliffe's been traded out for an unknown British actress and the kid from "War Horse"), little has changed. It's still rich in ornately decorated spooky atmosphere but in need of some more potent nightmare fuel.

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Predicting the winners and losers of the 2015 Golden Globes

Published Jan. 6, 2015

The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, are this Sunday, which means awards season has officially begun. OnMilwaukee.com's resident entertainment savants Matt Mueller and Colton Dunham wracked their heads together and made their picks - Matt on the film side, Colton for TV - for who will win Sunday night, as well as who should win and who should've at least gotten a nomination.

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"The Imitation Game" successfully cracks the code of a forgotten hero

Published Jan. 5, 2015

Thanks to "The Imitation Game," you can add another mentally sharp but socially challenged fellow to his resume: behind-the-scenes World War II hero Alan Turing, a man with a tragic, compelling story made even more so by Cumberbatch's dedicated oddness.

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"Unbroken" transforms a remarkable life into an unremarkable movie

Published Jan. 3, 2015

You could list every potential synonym for incredible - amazing, triumphant, inspirational, awe-worthy, etc. - and it would still fall short of giving Louis Zamperini's life its due. "Unbroken," the movie blessed with bringing his remarkable story to the big screen, unfortunately lives up to none of those words. It is anything but amazing or triumphant or inspirational or awe-worthy. It manages to take cinematic gold and morph it into pewter.

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Songs and performances cast a worthy spell in "Into the Woods"

Published Jan. 1, 2015

There are many morals taught and learned over the course of "Into the Woods." Look at the world through others' eyes. Let your children into the world. Stop giving Johnny Depp roles involving goofy hats. However, the ultimate overarching lesson is be careful what you wish for, one that was all too prescient for fans of the beloved musical concerned about Disney's big screen adaptation. For fans, however, this story ends with a "happily ever after."