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Articles tagged with 'Movies'

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"As Above, So Below" is a found footage thriller best left buried

Published Aug. 31, 2014

That's it. I've had it. I've had enough. Game over, man, game over. Sure, there was a time when found footage was a fun novelty, back in the original days of "Cloverfield" and the first couple of "Paranormal Activity" films. But now, movies like "As Above, So Below" just show what a waste the gimmick truly is.

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Milwaukee Film Festival announces Cream City Cinema lineup

Published Aug. 28, 2014

This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival added another bunch of selections to its ever-growing (and ever-anticipated) lineup. Today came news from the festival's Cream City Cinema program, a showcase of the best new work coming Milwaukee-based filmmakers.

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"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" manages to be pretty and ugly

Published Aug. 27, 2014

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" - Robert Rodriguez's hyper-stylized and hyper-violent hyper-noir - has many, many sins of its own to contemplate and consider, the most glaring of which perhaps being a severe case of tardiness. Then again, even if it was perfectly on time, "A Dame to Kill For" would still feel just as relentlessly grim, one-note and pointless.

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2014 Milwaukee Film Festival introduces Black Lens program

Published Aug. 26, 2014

This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced it had added yet another new program to its 2014 film slate: Black Lens. The new eight-film set, ranging from documentaries to fiction features, puts the focus on African American filmmakers, both emerging and established.

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Young adult weepie "If I Stay" scores enough feels to stay alive

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Yes, the expected dopey melodrama finds its way into "If I Stay," but it mostly plays second fiddle to an above average relationship drama, one with seemingly real characters (well, real for a teen romance) coping with seemingly real issues and problems. I didn't mind having to spend time with these dreamy young people, which is a lot more than I can say about anything Nicholas Sparks has done lately.

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Milwaukee Film Festival's Cinema Hooligante lineup goes to 11

Published Aug. 21, 2014

Late night is looking bright, as the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its 2014 selections for its Cinema Hooligante program, a midnight mix for fans of all things cult, crazed and - considering the after bedtime showings - caffeinated.

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"The Giver" clumsily and coldly conforms to the YA adaptation norm

Published Aug. 21, 2014

About 20 years later, Jeff Bridges has finally gotten "The Giver" to the big screen, and for a project with clearly some passion behind it, the final result is bafflingly inert, as though the film itself has been sampling the characters' daily emotional sedation.

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Milwaukee Film Festival announces new Art + Artists program

Published Aug. 19, 2014

There's a whole lot of new coming out of the Milwaukee Film Festival this year. The festival already announced its new Film Feast program, and now comes the Art + Artists program, a collection of eight documentaries about the fascinating minds behind the work and worlds of visual and performing arts.

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"What If" is a charming rom-com worth falling for

Published Aug. 18, 2014

The romantic comedy genre has taken quite the beating over the past couple of years. Luckily, thanks to a cute cast and a script that gracefully brings some fresh, sweet life to some seemingly old, fell-worn tropes, "What If" turns out to be a rare modern rom-com worth swooning over.

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"The Expendables 3" is still all tough guy talk, geriatric walk

Published Aug. 16, 2014

In the movies, the meathead mercenaries known as The Expendables have a 100 percent completion rate for their various missions. Real life, however, is a far different story. Three movies in, "The Expendables" franchise still has yet to earn a checkmark next to the only mission it's ever had - and the only one that truly matters - since the beginning: fun.

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"The Hundred-Foot Journey" goes a few feet too far, but still charms

Published Aug. 12, 2014

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is a pleasant dose of late summer counter-programming that's guaranteed to be voted the best movie of the summer by your neighborhood book club and your grandma. But hey, they deserve movies too, and as far as safe, predictable middlebrow literary entertainment goes, "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is one of the more satisfying entries.

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Milwaukee Film Festival serves up new Film Feast program

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Have an insatiable hunger for film and food? The Milwaukee Film Festival might just have the dish. This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced a new food-themed program for its 2014 edition, called Film Feast.

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10 movies to look forward to this fall

Published Aug. 10, 2014

Yes, the next month or so for movies will be dire, and our Netflix Instant accounts may not make it out alive. But let's not waste all of our time lamenting the present and instead try to find the glimmers of hope waiting for us on the horizon. Resident movie critic Matt Mueller and fellow OnMilwaukee.com movie geek Colton Dunham teamed up and picked five movies each to get excited about this fall.