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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.

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Milwaukee Film Festival announces a star-studded stockpile of tributes

Published Sept. 3, 2014

The main draw of the Milwaukee Film Festival is right there in the title: the films. But every year, just off to the side of the main event, Milwaukee Film also wrangles together some really awesome people from the world of cinema, hands them a stage and pays fitting tribute to them. This year's lineup is no less spectacular, bringing in a diverse group of accomplished people in the business to share their film expertise and their love of movies.

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"The Trip to Italy" is a welcome holiday from the early fall's flops

Published Sept. 3, 2014

"It feels kind of weird doing something for a second time," star Steve Coogan ponders aloud before lamenting the inherently repetitive nature, expectations and diminished returns of sequels. Luckily, that's not the case here with "The Trip to Italy," a worthy follow-up to its hilarious and surprisingly reflective 2010 predecessor.

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No reason to give thanks for "The November Man"

Published Sept. 2, 2014

Like a distracted person into a glass door, we've smashed face-first into the desolate cinematic wasteland also known as early fall. The summer blockbuster season - a surprisingly strong one in terms of quality, if not box office - is officially dead, leaving audiences with a rather meager selection of dire options for the next several weeks. Case in point: "The November Man."

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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.