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Articles tagged with 'Movies'


Milwaukee Film Festival announces dates for 2014 edition

Published Jan. 8, 2014

The two-week Milwaukee Film Festival extravaganza will run from Sept. 25 though Oct. 9, sticking with the last week of September/first week of October theme that has been working well over the past several years.

Omcrecs1414_storyflow recommends, Jan. 4, 2014

Published Jan. 4, 2014

A new year calls for a new set of recommendations from your friends at, including classic movies, slick style, books on the Beatles and some strange elixir called "drunk juice."


The runners-up: The best of the rest of film in 2013

Published Jan. 3, 2014

As previously noted, 2013 was a marvelous year for movies. If you didn't see a great film this year, you just weren't trying. It was so good, in fact, that I felt bad about how many movies I wasn't able to mention in my top ten. So as an extra bonus, here are the next best ten movies from the past year, many of which you can find on Netflix or in theaters right now.


"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is a marked improvement

Published Jan. 3, 2014

After taking the past year off, the series makes its static-filled, lo-res return with "The Marked Ones" - or "Paranormal Activity 4.5" - with a couple of much appreciated tweaks in tow. Gone, for instance, are the blue-hued night sequences. We also get to leave the house. They may not sound like massive changes, but little stuff like that helps make this spin-off - even with its issues - seem fairly fresh, fun and freaky again.


The best (and worst) movies of 2013

Published Jan. 1, 2014

2013 was a haven of terrific films, stories and moments from names both familiar (Cuaron, Scorsese, Allen) and fairly new (Cretton, McQueen). There were so many that limiting a best of the year list to ten selections seems to sell 2013 short. But that's exactly what I'm here to do. Here are the ten finest in a particularly fine year in movies, as well as the most atrocious five.


"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is too insistent to actually inspire

Published Dec. 27, 2013

There's a big difference between wanting to move and inspire people and actually doing it, and "Walter Mitty" can't quite pull it off. It's not because of a lack of effort but quite the opposite: It tries too hard, loading up on upbeat folk rock hits, meaningful quotes and carpe diem lifeisms without any nuance or ever really earning the emotions involved. For all of the movie's sincerity and creative direction, it ends feeling as empty and vapid as YOLO.


Five movies to look forward to in 2014

Published Dec. 25, 2013

There's a lot to be excited about a year from now ("The Avengers: Age of Ultron," the new Batman/Superman/Justice League monstrosity, the new "Jurassic Park" movie, the next Bourne movie, "Fast & Furious 7," "Star Wars Episode VII" and, the most anticipated movie of them all, "The Smurfs 3"), but 2014 is no slouch either. Here are five movies that will hopefully be blowing audience's minds within the next 12 months.


More like raging dull: "Grudge Match" is a sad showcase for its stars

Published Dec. 25, 2013

2013 was a terrific year for movies ... unless your name was Robert De Niro. The nadir of De Niro's year, and possibly his entire career, seemingly came during "Last Vegas" when a sequence brought him face-to-face with Redfoo's gyrating, thrusting package. Less than a month later, however, De Niro manages to find another new low in "Grudge Match."


"Saving Mr. Banks": Disney's Christmas gift to itself

Published Dec. 20, 2013

It's hard not to be cynical toward "Saving Mr. Banks," Disney's two-hour cinematic high-five, congratulating itself not only for making "Mary Poppins," but for also warming the heart of a cold, frigid harpy in the process.


Star-studded "American Hustle" is a successful con

Published Dec. 20, 2013

"American Hustle" is its own best swindle, selling its story with such energy and charismatic performances that the audience can't help getting suckered into its wild, chaotic ride. It may be a con, but when it's this entertaining, it's a victimless crime.


This just in: "Anchorman 2" is hilariously inspired lunacy

Published Dec. 19, 2013

After nine years and a seemingly omnipresent advertising campaign, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" has finally arrived. The sequel is very funny, flinging everything at the wall with giggly, rambunctious glee and even a dose of sharp satire about the world of 24-hour news. Some of it doesn't stick. A lot more does.


"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is unsatisfyingly satisfying

Published Dec. 17, 2013

Here's my problem: I can't figure out if "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is a good movie. Despite all of its significant steps forward, I also feel strangely unaffected by "The Desolation of Smaug." For all of the movie's grandiose and bombastic spectacle, it's oddly unspectacular. It's a big movie that leaves a surprisingly underwhelming impact.


"The Armstrong Lie" chronicles cyclist's story of doping and duping

Published Dec. 13, 2013

Alex Gibney's latest ­documentary "The Armstrong Lie," currently one of 15 documentaries on the Oscar shortlist for a Best Documentary nomination, continues his cinematic investigation into abuses and misuses of power. And to quote many an action movie trailer, this time, it's personal (for better or worse).


"Out of the Furnace" loses heat as it goes along

Published Dec. 6, 2013

For about its first hour, I was fairly on board the new Rust Belt drama "Out of the Furnace." But then I realized where the movie was going. The path - one of cliché and mildly ridiculous revenge thriller pulp - became clear and obvious, and I couldn't have wanted it to stop more. But it didn't. Now, I'm left with a movie that's by no means bad but disappointing, a passable waste of exceptional potential.


Our favorite Christmas movies

Published Dec. 4, 2013

It's Christmas time, and that means it's time for cinemas and televisions across the nation to overdose on holiday specials. There are seemingly hundreds of Christmas movies scattered across the entertainment world come November and December. Some are silly. Some are serious. Almost are sappy. But a few manage to become true classics, beloved for years. Here are the staff's personal favorites.