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Articles tagged with 'Movies'

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Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life" jumps from screen to stage

Published Dec. 16, 2014

The story behind "It's a Wonderful Life" is now almost as well-known as the story of George Bailey himself. The movie performed below expectations back in 1946, but several decades later, as the movie made its way into the public domain, "It's a Wonderful Life" grew into a holiday classic. Now there's many renditions of the story, including a staged radio show version - complete with old school sound effects - coming to the Marcus Center.

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Chris Rock gets close to top form in "Top Five"

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Fans have been routinely left waiting for a Chris Rock movie that truly plays up to the standard of Chris Rock. Luckily, the wait is over with the arrival of "Top Five," a loose-limbed comedy about celebrity that feels like a movie worthy of its star - in both its voice and its significant supply of laughs.

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10 movies to look forward to in 2015

Published Dec. 13, 2014

2015 is absolutely stacked with big movies. You'd have to be a mad man to try to narrow down the plethora of exciting new movies into a list of merely 10. Luckily, OnMilwaukee.com happens to have two such insane individuals: movie guys Matt Mueller and Colton Dunham. The choices weren't easy - we won't say tears were shed, but yes, tears were shed - but here are the 10 movies you should be already buying tickets for in 2015.

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The frostily funny "Force Majeure" sends a marriage down the moguls

Published Dec. 9, 2014

What doesn't kill you supposedly makes you stronger. In the case of the sneakily incisive new Swedish dark comedy "Force Majeure," however, what doesn't kill you reveals your deepest faults to all of your loved ones. And they are not impressed.

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A preview of the naughty and nice of the holiday movie season

Published Dec. 8, 2014

The holidays are approaching, and that means the local movie theaters will be doing their best stocking impressions, stuffed to the brim with cinematic presents - and maybe some cinematic coal. To help guide you through the plentiful options coming out in the next few weeks, OnMilwaukee.com's Matt Mueller and Colton Dunham went through the list of upcoming releases, checked it twice and organized them into naughty and nice.

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Needless "Horrible Bosses 2" is a criminally unfunny sequel

Published Dec. 4, 2014

Three desperate everyday guys pushed so far to the edge that committing a crime is the only option? OK, that works, or at least that's relatable on a darkly comic level. Three desperate everyday guys pushed so far to the edge that committing a crime is the only option ... again? Well, now we're moving into sociopathic territory, not exactly the best place for a comedy sequel, like "Horrible Bosses 2," to roost.

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Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" falls well short of genius

Published Dec. 3, 2014

It's somewhat refreshing at first to see "The Theory of Everything" attempt to take that aspect of the more complicated aspects of Hawking's personal life head on. Unfortunately, that's where the bravery ends. As the movie attempts put a pleasant glaze over an emotionally jagged situation, it becomes clear that there's a reason why biopics tend to avoid these kind of complex dilemmas: They're not very good at handling them.

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Living relic Riverwest Film & Video continues to swim against the stream

Published Dec. 2, 2014

Xav Leplae has always kept his finger on the latest in film technology. He remembers when DVDs first came out as the next big thing and VHS before them. When he began studying film, Leplae was fascinated by the possibilities of early pre-camcorder video technology. Yet even with that interest in the newest technology, Leplae has quickly found himself as the owner of one of the city's living relics: Riverwest Film & Video.

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer to play Friday at the Majestic

Published Nov. 25, 2014

Bad news, Marcus Majestic employees; your Black Friday crowds are going to even bigger than usual this weekend. The Brookfield movie house is one of 30 theaters nationwide that will witness the power of a fully operational 88-second "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer.

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Packers trade out their helmets for harmonies in "Pitch Perfect 2" trailer

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The trailer for "Pitch Perfect 2" came out this morning. The original cast - Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, etc. - is all here, as well as a few new faces. Among those new faces, however, is one very familiar to sports fans: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews - flanked on both sides by fellow Packers TJ Lang, Josh Sitton, Don Barclay and David Bakhtiari.

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"Dumb and Dumber To" is mostly the right kind of regressive

Published Nov. 19, 2014

In case there was a question about this matter, "Dumb and Dumber To" is - for lack of a better word - dumb. Very dumb. There's entertainment where you turn your brain off, and then there's this, where maybe it's best if you leave your brain out of the theater altogether just in case its rollicking, unrepentant stupidity is somehow contagious. But did I laugh? Yes.