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Articles tagged with 'Movies'

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L.A.-filmed, Milwaukee-made "Pester" creeps and crawls onto the big screen

Published Sept. 30, 2014

Almost all of the animals in the animal kingdom have the people's care, appreciation and respect ... except bugs. They are annoyances, they are pests and we have no problem brutally murdering them for trespassing on our territory. We have vegetarians and vegans, but very few coming to defend the rights and dignity of little multi-legged critters. Consider writer-director Eric Gerber, the writer-director behind "Pester," one of those very few.

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"The Immortalists" finds cinematic life in the search for eternal life

Published Sept. 29, 2014

No matter how much you try to dodge or avoid or fend it off, age comes for us all. But what if it ... didn't? That's the obvious yet unanswerable essential question driving Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Gray, the two scientists at the center of "The Immortalists," the thoroughly compelling new doc currently showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival.

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"Psychopath" chronicles a dream project about creating nightmares

Published Sept. 29, 2014

After working in cheap reality TV for years - including an MTV show called "That '70s House," essentially "Big Brother" or "The Real World" clad in hippie garb - Marquez decided he needed a break from reality TV and wanted to dip his toes into something completely different: actual reality. A decade later, the result is "Psychopath."

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Social Circle: Thoughts on subtitled films

Published Sept. 28, 2014

The Milwaukee Film Festival started this week and OnMilwaukee.com asked the Social Circle members if they were more or less likely to see a subtitled film and for their thoughts on subtitled / foreign films in general.

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Talking the state of cinema with critic and festival tribute Wesley Morris

Published Sept. 27, 2014

Before his keynote state of cinema lecture at the Colectivo on Prospect today at noon, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with Wesley Morris - Pulitzer Prize winning film critic and 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival tribute - and pick his brain about his movie memories and - what else - the state of cinema.

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Past and present thrillingly intersect in opening night doc "1971"

Published Sept. 26, 2014

There's something charmingly retro about the tools of the thieving trade on display in "1971," Johanna Hamilton's new documentary that opened the Milwaukee Film Festival last night. However, those tools, plus maybe a few pairs of oversized glasses and some playful period protest cheekiness, are the only things that feel dated about the thrilling, all too timely story "1971" comes to tell.

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A chat with director and Milwaukee Film Festival honoree Debra Granik

Published Sept. 26, 2014

Before "Winter's Bone," Jennifer Lawrence was an aspiring actress with a couple of little-seen indie credits and a running TV gig on "The Bill Engvall Show." After "Winter's Bone," she was one of the hottest names in the business. Of course, much of that is because Lawrence is a talented actress, but on some level, she has writer-director Debra Granik to thank.

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Opening night film "1971" heads back to an all too familiar time

Published Sept. 24, 2014

A story about concerned citizens stealing FBI info gathered in ethically dubious ways sounds ripped from today's headlines. This particular story, however, doesn't take place now but over 40 years ago, and instead of Edward Snowden's name in middle of the debate, it was a small group of activists called the Citizens' Commission. This all too relevant moment takes center stage in "1971," the Milwaukee Film Festival's opening night selection.

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"The Maze Runner" finds its way to rare YA success

Published Sept. 23, 2014

"The Maze Runner" is a fairly impressive feat: It feels fresh, edgy and exciting - despite the fact that, as the 47th YA adaptation in the last month (a rough estimate), it absolutely shouldn't.

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"This Is Where I Leave You" leaves stellar cast out to dry

Published Sept. 21, 2014

If you were spitballing names for the ideal cast for a new grown-up dramedy, you might dream up something closely resembling the roll call for "This Is Where I Leave You." It's an impressive gathering of talented, charismatic performers. Unfortunately, they've been assembled for a less than impressive movie, a trite and tonally bipolar dramedy that doesn't deserve the embarrassment of charming, comedic riches at its disposal.

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"Dolphin Tale 2": unnecessary sequel still makes a small, sweet splash

Published Sept. 14, 2014

It's hard to imagine there was much clamoring for a sequel to "Dolphin Tale." The first film was a modest early fall success back in 2011, but even then, the story of Winter the dolphin was already fairly thin dramatic material, serving as little more than a nice pleasant aside. Still, somebody thought it was a good idea to head back to the well, and surprisingly - judging from "Dolphin Tale 2" - that person wasn't wrong.

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10 Milwaukee Film Festival must-sees

Published Sept. 8, 2014

The good news? As with every year, the lineup of movies are the Milwaukee Film Festival is overflowing with terrific options. The bad news? Unfortunately, save for some kind of planetary revolution halt, divine intervention or new time machine development, there are only so many hours in the day. So here are some picks for the film festival selections you should definitely make the time to see.

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Milwaukee Film Festival announces its complete 2014 lineup

Published Sept. 5, 2014

After slowly teasing its complete lineup for the past several weeks, the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival finally revealed the entire cinematic buffet it's assembled for film fans - both hardcore and casual - this morning. And my friends, it looks absolutely delicious.