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Partly shot in Milwaukee, "Pilot Error" investigates the dangers of air travel

Published March 30, 2015

Flying is statistically the safest form of transportation. It's a popular sentiment, one commonly recited to restore confidence in the important industry after tragic disasters like the deadly Germanwings crash last week. For "Pilot Error" writer and film producer Roger Rapoport, however, that statement isn't as accurate as we'd like to think.

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Wait to watch Dreamworks' "Home," well, at home

Published March 29, 2015

For a lot of Hollywood, making a kids movie translates out to making essentially a mobile: a simply distracting mix of color and sound. And that's how you get "Home," another manic Sweet Tarts-colored whizbang to be mentally tossed away like an empty popcorn bucket as soon as the film lets out. Yes, the kids will be sated. For anyone older, however, the cue to leave "Home" to go home likely won't come soon enough.

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"Jodorowsky's Dune" finds hope and success in a Hollywood failure

Published March 26, 2015

By most definitions, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the big screen in the mid-'70s was a failure. The filmmaker's furiously inventive and imaginative movie never made it to the big screen, but man ... what a trip it would've been, at least certainly judging by Frank Pavich's hypnotically fascinating documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre.

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"'71": Punishment for its star, pulse-pounding thrills for its audience

Published March 25, 2015

I'm starting to get concerned about Jack O'Connell. First there was "Starred Up," in which he plays a violent prison inmate; then he starred in the two-hour beatdown-palooza that was "Unbroken." And now there's "'71," which doesn't even get five seconds in before it's punching O'Connell in the face and dragging him through mud. If he insists on essentially self-flagellating on screen, though, at least it's in the service of a quite good movie.

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"Insurgent" rebels against originality and the audience's intelligence

Published March 23, 2015

If "Divergent" was like "The Hunger Games" took a brick to the head, then "Insurgent" plays like "The Hunger Games" got lost in a brick hail storm. The sequel doubles down on the idiocy, incoherence and creative kleptomania the first film struggled through. Part one made it palatable; part two makes it laughable.

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"What We Do in the Shadows" - Meet some bloodsuckers that don't suck

Published March 21, 2015

Vampires have gotten a bad rap over the last decade or so,but while the recent vampire trend has provided some pretty craterous, sell-out lows, it's also spawned a fair amount of impressive highs for the notorious neck-nibblers. For example: "What We Do in the Shadows," a hilarious New Zealand import that gushes goofy laughs like a comedy hemophiliac.

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Neeson runs out of gas in "Run All Night"

Published March 19, 2015

"Run All Night" has little interest in just simply delivering B-movie thrills; it wants to be taken seriously. It wants to be a drama about men - about fathers and sons, about the family we choose and the family we're stuck with - and sins and regrets. Unfortunately, more just results in less in "Run All Night," with the dour drama and B-movie action combining to make a movie that feels more like "Amble All Night" or perhaps "Dawdle Through Dusk."

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"Cinderella" proves sometimes classic stories are beloved for a reason

Published March 16, 2015

Sometimes, as it turns out, classic stories are considered classics for a reason: because they work. And when they're brushed off and told as well as "Cinderella," they work rather spectacularly, delivering that special joy of a familiar tale brought to refreshed life, a childhood staple given its youthful glow back.

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"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is, well, exactly that

Published March 14, 2015

In the summer of 2012 - mere weeks after Marvel unleashed "The Avengers" - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" humbly unveiled its own super-team, albeit of delightful grayed British thespians. Three years later, the once pleasant franchise alternative has turned into a franchise itself. And while the returning parade of wrinkled Brits may not resemble your typical Hollywood sequel, the end result - disappointment - feels sadly all too familiar.

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Inspired by film, "Crossroads" curator Lupton crafts the story of history

Published March 13, 2015

Since he was a kid, Carter Lupton has loved seeing stories told on the big screen. He still sees movies regularly; in fact, that first big screen exposure to ancient culture with 1959's "Hercules" eventually guided Lupton to where he is now, helping to craft and tell stories of his own - the ultimate story: history - as the lead curator for the Milwaukee Public Museum's "Crossroads of Civilization," the museum's first new permanent exhibition in more than a decade.

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Oddball cast can't resurrect cheap scares in "The Lazarus Effect"

Published March 4, 2015

What's an early year PG-13 horror movie doing with such an overqualified and overall just plain odd cast? Too bad the actual movie itself isn't as surprising or unpredictable as its IMDB page, relying on the same tried and tired horror clichés, tropes and scares for success.

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Will Smith's "Focus" is a slight but slickly seductive rom-con

Published March 3, 2015

A funny thing - perhaps even a flipped-turned upside down thing - happened on the way to "Focus": The world fell out of love with Will Smith. The fairly small, R-rated con movie was never going to be the blockbuster to bring Smith firmly back up to sure thing box office status. What it does do, however, is quite nicely kill about two hours in sexy, sleek and breezily enjoyable fashion - a kind of Ocean's 6 or 7.

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Everything is local!: Milwaukee native Schrab pegged for "The Lego Movie Sequel"

Published Feb. 25, 2015

"The Lego Movie Sequel" made headlines yesterday announcing its newly appointed director: Rob Schrab, a veteran of TV shows like "The Mindy Project," "Children's Hospital" and, most notably, NBC's beloved cult hit "Community." He also wrote the indie hit comic book "Scud: The Disposable Assassin." Oh, and he's also from Wisconsin! Everything is local! Everything is cool when you're from Milwaukee!