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"Mr. Turner" is no paint by numbers hagiography

Published Jan. 31, 2015

You can call "Mr. Turner" many things. Clocking in at 150 minutes, you could call it long. Call it occasionally unpleasant considering its titular subject's behavior is often crude and abrasive, and his dialogue - sometimes an indecipherable tumble drier of low-pitched grunts and grumbles - doesn't exactly provide much gilding. Just don't call it a basic Great Man hagiography biopic.


"Mortdecai": Lifestyles of the rich and brainless

Published Jan. 31, 2015

If you're going to see one movie about a dandy, mustachioed gentleman on a caper involving stolen artwork and featuring an appearance by Jeff Goldblum, make it "The Grand Budapest Hotel." However, if you're going to see two movies about a dandy, mustachioed gentleman on a caper involving stolen artwork and featuring an appearance by Jeff Goldblum ... eh, maybe it's best to just watch "The Grand Budapest Hotel" a second time.


Short doc "The 414s" hacks its way into Sundance, CNN

Published Jan. 27, 2015

Over 30 years after the event - but just in time for today's headlines - local filmmakers Michael T. Vollmann (the Wisconsin Film Festival-winning short "Before You") and Chris James Thompson ("The Jeffrey Dahmer Files") are putting the true story of a group of young Milwaukee hackers back in the spotlight with their new short documentary "The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers."


J. Lo's "The Boy Next Door": Take a pass on these cookies

Published Jan. 26, 2015

As a gender-swapped sexy stalker thriller in the vein of "Fatal Attraction," "The Boy Next Door" is about as dead in the water as Michael Douglas' infamous pet bunny. However, as a tawdry slab of silly, giggle-inducing camp, "The Boy Next Door" scores more laughs than most intentional comedies. There's entertainment to be found here - cue the cookie-related innuendos - just never particularly of the variety the filmmakers were going for.


"Strange Magic" orders up plenty of strange but not too much magic

Published Jan. 24, 2015

It doesn't take long into George Lucas' bizarre new animated movie "Strange Magic" to ask "What the heck am I watching?" Not shortly after, that question turns into "Why the heck am I still watching this?" It's hard to rationalize a good answer for either.

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‎"Nonames", an independent film shot entirely in Central Wisconsin is now available on dvd at and through Amazon, Four Star Video, Charter On Demand and other selected retail outlets. "Nonames" was screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival ...

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