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Articles tagged with 'Movies'


Sorrentino's "Youth" is pretty ... and pretty much a mess

Published Sept. 25, 2015

Like director Paolo Sorrentino's past efforts, it's easy to get pleasantly buzzed from all of the visual opulence on display in "Youth," the Milwaukee Film Festival's opening night pick. But this time, thanks to a scattered story, the hangover hits hard afterward. If Sorrentino's last effort was deservedly called "The Great Beauty," his latest effort comes unfortunately close to meriting the name "The Great Letdown."


Three to see: Day 2 of the Milwaukee Film Festival

Published Sept. 25, 2015

Last night, the Milwaukee Film Festival cracked open its 2015 edition with "Youth." So that's one movie down and only about 300 to go. It's overwhelming slate of impressive cinema, so to help hopefully guide you to some winners, here are my three picks for what to see here on Day 2 of the most wonderful time of the year.


Three to see: Day 1 of the Milwaukee Film Festival

Published Sept. 24, 2015

It's finally here, film fans. The Milwaukee Film Festival cracks open its annual deluge of movies with "Youth," starting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre. Here's Matt Mueller to talk about the potentially Oscar-nabbing Michael Caine drama.


Talking the state of cinema with film critic Michael Phillips

Published Sept. 24, 2015

When Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips comes to town this weekend, it won't just be to deliver Saturday's Milwaukee Film Festival state of cinema keynote lecture. The visit will also serve as a nice return for Phillips, whose love for film blossomed at Milwaukee theaters like the Oriental. Before his return, however, OnMilwaukee got a little preview of his thoughts on comic book movies, the importance of the big screen and his film critic "survivor's guilt."


Milwaukee native snags Sundance success with "The Russian Woodpecker"

Published Sept. 23, 2015

When South Milwaukee native Chad Gracia began researching the huge defunct Cold War antenna just outside of Chernobyl - nicknamed the Russian Woodpecker - he didn't have big plans for the final product. He planned to dig around a bit, interview a few important individuals and put together a five-minute YouTube video. Nothing major. Nothing serious. Just killing time during a long week. The story and the man he found, however, had other plans.


Animated "Star Wars" DVDs help build excitement for "The Force Awakens"

Published Sept. 22, 2015

We have to wait several more months before "The Force Awakens" unleashes itself upon the world, likely nabbing pretty much every box office record in the galaxy in the process. In the meantime, there's plenty of "Star Wars" related home entertainment - "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles" and season one of "Star Wars Rebels" - to keep our spare time engrossed in the universe.


"Clarence" brings a big local personality to the big screen

Published Sept. 19, 2015

The big screen has always been home to larger than life characters. Milwaukee local cult figure Clarence Garrett certainly belongs in that category. For decades, Clarence's huge personality and unabashed friendliness added a colorful, loud shade of thread to the city's fabric. His life and legend is almost too big to contained on the big screen - but fellow Milwaukeean and filmmaker Kristin Catalano and her documentary "Clarence" certainly try.


Milwaukee Film Festival announces a passel of panels

Published Sept. 8, 2015

This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its lineup of panels, including the "Keynote: State of Cinema" address - presented this year by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips.


"Best of Enemies" offers an entertaining look at the worst of political debates

Published Sept. 6, 2015

The new documentary "Best of Enemies" shares a lot in common with the debates it's chronicling - the biggest of which is that despite its shortcomings, it's still bitingly entertaining and engaging. Co-director Morgan Neville - working with Robert Gordon - may not be a great storyteller, but he knows how to spot great stories. That was the case with the background singers in "20 Feet from Stardom," and that's the case here with Vidal v Buckley.


Family and filmmaking intersect for Milwaukee native's "The Homecoming"

Published Sept. 5, 2015

It seems only fitting that a movie called "The Homecoming" would serve as a real-life homecoming of sorts as well. That's exactly the case for the project's director Paulina Bugembe. The film serves a very personal project for Bugembe, one that not only brought her back to Wisconsin to film but also came from her own family's complex and complicated emotional experience with an incarcerated loved one.


10 Milwaukee Film Festival must-sees

Published Sept. 3, 2015

Every year, I think that there's no way the Milwaukee Film Festival can put together another lineup as strong as the year before, and every year, I'm proven wrong. 2015 is no different. Here are 10 of the movies I'm most looking forward to once the end of the month comes around.


Here's the full 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival lineup

Published Sept. 3, 2015

Prepare to clear your calendars for the last week of September and the first week of October, eat a diet of popcorn and Junior Mints, and get very familiar with the theater staffs at the Oriental, Downer, Times Cinema, Fox Bay Cinema Grill and the newly added Avalon Theater. This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced the complete lineup for this year's edition.


Oh hi, Johnny: A chat with Tommy Wiseau, creator of the world's best worst film

Published Sept. 2, 2015

"The Room" is a not bad movie. Bad movies are nothing special to Hollywood; one comes out pretty much every weekend. No, "The Room" is more like an unholy miracle of awful filmmaking, a movie that fails so incredibly hard it becomes an almighty success in the process. The new cult classic is coming to the Oriental Theatre this weekend, so we asked its creator Tommy Wiseau a few questions. And no, not "So anyway, how's your sex life?"


Operation documentary aims to keep game inventor's story buzzing

Published Aug. 27, 2015

Growing up, the Bay View-based toy maker Peggy Brown has plenty of memories of the classic board game Operation - and her family didn't even own it. Decades later, Brown - along with her friend and fellow toy maker Tim Walsh - are trying to give something back to the man whose legendarily buzz-worthy game gave them so many fun times and fond memories over the years with the documentary "Buzz Heard 'Round the World."