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Articles tagged with 'Movies'


"Kill the Messenger" uncovers a solid movie in hunt for truth (and Oscars)

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Judged as awards bait, "Kill the Messenger" won't likely snag the golden glory it's looking for. Once you remove the arbitrary frame of awards season, "Kill the Messenger" is a solid, satisfyingly unpredictable and well performed journalism drama that - following the lead of "Shattered Glass" and, of course, "All the President's Men" - often plays like a tense thriller.


The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival by the numbers

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Anyone who went to a showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival in the past two weeks could tell you that the festival was having a good year in terms of attendance. When a documentary about genocide screening right in the middle of a Packers game still manages to draw an audience, it seems like things are going well. However, this morning, Milwaukee Film announced the numbers to prove it.


MPM's Sci-Fi Film Fest finds a way, roars to life with "Jurassic Park"

Published Oct. 13, 2014

At the end of the month, the Milwaukee Public Museum will celebrate the fall - as well as its current "Alien Worlds and Androids" exhibit - with a Sci-Fi Film Fest. Every Thursday and Saturday (save for Thanksgiving) from Oct. 23 through Nov. 29, the museum will screen a sci-fi flick in the Dome Theater.


"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is merely bad

Published Oct. 12, 2014

How does one stretch a barely 30-page short story of accumulated gripes and grumbles into a feature length film? In the case of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," the answer is simple: poorly. By the time its 82-minute running time comes to a grateful close - and all of the cliché, contrived and crude chaos with it - Alexander's bad day has morphed into the audience's bad day.


"The Skeleton Twins" finds the right balance of heartache and hilarity

Published Oct. 11, 2014

It's a tough act to balance comedy and drama ... especially if you're balancing themes of suicide and familial estrangement with humor and heart. Director Craig Johnson ("True Adolescents") finds just the right balance for the dramedy "The Skeleton Twins," mixing heartache with hilarity, and giving "Saturday Night Live" alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader time to flex their dramatic muscles as estranged suicidal siblings who reunite and find commonality.


Five movies to still see at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival

Published Oct. 7, 2014

Just when it seemed like the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival was just beginning. As it turns out, 14 days goes extremely fast, as the sixth annual cinema extravaganza comes to a close Thursday night. But let's not quite start throwing dirt on the festival's casket quite yet. There still are three days of movies, filled with plenty of great options to offer. Here are some of the best of the rest of the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival.


"Wetlands" is a winning combination of heart and hemorrhoids

Published Oct. 6, 2014

If the opening moment of "Wetlands" desperately pleads against its existence, the ensuing 109 minutes of youthfully exuberant gross-out comedy - currently showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival with a final showing Monday night at the Times Cinema at 10 p.m. - couldn't be a more enthusiastic endorsement for it.


New partnership says it will get Modjeska Theatre back in action

Published Oct. 6, 2014

This afternoon, William Stace - founder of the Miramar Theatre - announced that he and Larry Widen, former owner of the Times and Rosebud Cinemas, have together formed a group called The Milwaukee Theatre Alliance. The group's goal is to purchase the long-closed Modjeska Theatre and reopen it as a multi-use performing arts space.


"Jimi: All Is By My Side" successfully plays to its own rhythm

Published Oct. 5, 2014

The word "experimental" is used in the biopic genre about as often as the words "fun for the whole family" are used to describe a strip club. The soundtrack and venues may change, but the moves and the designed highs and lows are all the same. So props to "Jimi: All Is By My Side" for making a biopic that departs from the exhausted formula and does so successfully.


"The Overnighters" is a fascinating look at America's current moral battle

Published Oct. 4, 2014

At merely face value, the documentary "The Overnighters" has a terrific story to tell. In a modest North Dakota town, writer-director Jesse Moss finds a classic Great Depression tale - about the American dream and American reality smashing into one another, leaving broken people in its quietly explosive aftermath - remodeled for modern times.


"Life Partners" gives female friends some much needed screen time

Published Oct. 4, 2014

With the wild successes of "Catching Fire" and "Frozen" last year, the message was clear: Female-led movies can draw an audience and a big, diverse one at that. It's a message and trend that "Life Partners" director and co-writer Susanna Fogel desperately wants to see continue.


27 years later, Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle" is as relevant as ever

Published Oct. 2, 2014

It's hard to imagine that, back in 1987, writer-director Robert Townsend thought that almost 30 years later, his showbiz satire "Hollywood Shuffle" would still be incredibly relevant. Townsend made the film as a response to his frustrations with the limited types of roles Hollywood had to offer actors of color. Certainly in several decades, the entertainment industry would have evolved, right? Well, here we are.