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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.

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Documentary "Letters to Ashleigh" finds hope and peace in local tragedy

Published Aug. 6, 2014

On the morning of Oct. 6, 2009, 19-year-old Ashleigh Love was sleeping in her bed when an intruder broke into her home, went into her room and shot her to death. Almost five years after the utterly senseless tragedy, Ashleigh's story - once front page news in Milwaukee - has faded into memory for most. For filmmaker Kyle Olson, however, the story is very much still alive.

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Next stop for the Milwaukee Film Festival's Passport program: Mexico

Published Aug. 5, 2014

Last year, the Milwaukee Film Festival set its Passport program's sights on Germany, delivering an impressively cinematic and cultural lineup of movies. This year, however, the festival is backing back to the right side - and by that, I mean the left side - of the Atlantic and getting its Passport program stamped in Mexico, its spotlight country for 2014.

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"Get On Up" starts strong but can't quite keep it up

Published Aug. 5, 2014

The new James Brown biopic "Get On Up" is certainly hardest working biopic in show business - at least it feels that way, with all of the narrative fluidity and firecracker performances - but it's only in the hopes of passing off as something new.

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The Rock's "Hercules" is a big ol' beefy slab of B-movie fun

Published July 30, 2014

"Hercules" not only bounds over the previously set bar but easily stands on its own right as surprisingly solid B-movie entertainment, a sort of sword-and-sandals variation of the John Wayne classic "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" that cleverly hints at subverting and deconstructing its titular legend and the process of mythmaking. It's also a movie in which The Rock throws a horse.

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"The Purge: Anarchy" gets a bit more out of its killer concept

Published July 22, 2014

"The Purge: Anarchy" finds DeMonaco coming closer to turning a good premise into an actually good movie. The sequel still feels like a missed opportunity for something smarter, sharper and just overall better, but hey, at least he made a decent horror thriller this time.

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2014 Milwaukee Film Festival adds the Times Cinema

Published July 22, 2014

In addition to the successful rotation of the Oriental, the Downer and the Fox Bay movie theaters, the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival has recruited the Times Cinema to its Avengers team of old school Milwaukee movie houses.

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"Planes: Fire and Rescue" is an improvement, but only technically

Published July 21, 2014

Thankfully, "Fire and Rescue" is a step above its predecessor, if only because the movie was actually made for big screen consumption this time. Gone is the stiff, antiseptic joylessness of the first film, now upgraded to mere bland competence. If "Planes" was like eating cardboard, "Fire and Rescue" is slightly more digestible cardboard. So progress?

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Sweet "Begin Again" attempts to make "Once" happen twice

Published July 12, 2014

It only makes sense that, after seven years and a few projects reaching no further past his home country's shores, John Carney would want to see if the magic of "Once" could happen twice with "Begin Again." His attempt at an encore comes cleaned up of the original's homemade, lo-fi authenticity and complete with a new starry sheen. The heart and charm are still there, though.

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"Jersey Boys" ... Oh, what a blight

Published June 23, 2014

Joyful. Vibrant. Infectiously fun. Visually exciting and dynamic. These are the words I used to describe "Jersey Boys" back when I reviewed the stage production at the Marcus Center last fall. In a bold move, Clint Eastwood has captured the spirit of those adjectives and locked it in a cage somewhere far, far away from his film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical.