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Articles tagged with 'Movies'


"Wetlands" is a winning combination of heart and hemorrhoids

Published Oct. 6, 2014

If the opening moment of "Wetlands" desperately pleads against its existence, the ensuing 109 minutes of youthfully exuberant gross-out comedy - currently showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival with a final showing Monday night at the Times Cinema at 10 p.m. - couldn't be a more enthusiastic endorsement for it.


New partnership says it will get Modjeska Theatre back in action

Published Oct. 6, 2014

This afternoon, William Stace - founder of the Miramar Theatre - announced that he and Larry Widen, former owner of the Times and Rosebud Cinemas, have together formed a group called The Milwaukee Theatre Alliance. The group's goal is to purchase the long-closed Modjeska Theatre and reopen it as a multi-use performing arts space.


"Jimi: All Is By My Side" successfully plays to its own rhythm

Published Oct. 5, 2014

The word "experimental" is used in the biopic genre about as often as the words "fun for the whole family" are used to describe a strip club. The soundtrack and venues may change, but the moves and the designed highs and lows are all the same. So props to "Jimi: All Is By My Side" for making a biopic that departs from the exhausted formula and does so successfully.


"The Overnighters" is a fascinating look at America's current moral battle

Published Oct. 4, 2014

At merely face value, the documentary "The Overnighters" has a terrific story to tell. In a modest North Dakota town, writer-director Jesse Moss finds a classic Great Depression tale - about the American dream and American reality smashing into one another, leaving broken people in its quietly explosive aftermath - remodeled for modern times.


"Life Partners" gives female friends some much needed screen time

Published Oct. 4, 2014

With the wild successes of "Catching Fire" and "Frozen" last year, the message was clear: Female-led movies can draw an audience and a big, diverse one at that. It's a message and trend that "Life Partners" director and co-writer Susanna Fogel desperately wants to see continue.


27 years later, Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle" is as relevant as ever

Published Oct. 2, 2014

It's hard to imagine that, back in 1987, writer-director Robert Townsend thought that almost 30 years later, his showbiz satire "Hollywood Shuffle" would still be incredibly relevant. Townsend made the film as a response to his frustrations with the limited types of roles Hollywood had to offer actors of color. Certainly in several decades, the entertainment industry would have evolved, right? Well, here we are.


L.A.-filmed, Milwaukee-made "Pester" creeps and crawls onto the big screen

Published Sept. 30, 2014

Almost all of the animals in the animal kingdom have the people's care, appreciation and respect ... except bugs. They are annoyances, they are pests and we have no problem brutally murdering them for trespassing on our territory. We have vegetarians and vegans, but very few coming to defend the rights and dignity of little multi-legged critters. Consider writer-director Eric Gerber, the writer-director behind "Pester," one of those very few.


"The Immortalists" finds cinematic life in the search for eternal life

Published Sept. 29, 2014

No matter how much you try to dodge or avoid or fend it off, age comes for us all. But what if it ... didn't? That's the obvious yet unanswerable essential question driving Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Gray, the two scientists at the center of "The Immortalists," the thoroughly compelling new doc currently showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival.


"Psychopath" chronicles a dream project about creating nightmares

Published Sept. 29, 2014

After working in cheap reality TV for years - including an MTV show called "That '70s House," essentially "Big Brother" or "The Real World" clad in hippie garb - Marquez decided he needed a break from reality TV and wanted to dip his toes into something completely different: actual reality. A decade later, the result is "Psychopath."


Social Circle: Thoughts on subtitled films

Published Sept. 28, 2014

The Milwaukee Film Festival started this week and asked the Social Circle members if they were more or less likely to see a subtitled film and for their thoughts on subtitled / foreign films in general.


Talking the state of cinema with critic and festival tribute Wesley Morris

Published Sept. 27, 2014

Before his keynote state of cinema lecture at the Colectivo on Prospect today at noon, got a chance to chat with Wesley Morris - Pulitzer Prize winning film critic and 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival tribute - and pick his brain about his movie memories and - what else - the state of cinema.


Past and present thrillingly intersect in opening night doc "1971"

Published Sept. 26, 2014

There's something charmingly retro about the tools of the thieving trade on display in "1971," Johanna Hamilton's new documentary that opened the Milwaukee Film Festival last night. However, those tools, plus maybe a few pairs of oversized glasses and some playful period protest cheekiness, are the only things that feel dated about the thrilling, all too timely story "1971" comes to tell.


A chat with director and Milwaukee Film Festival honoree Debra Granik

Published Sept. 26, 2014

Before "Winter's Bone," Jennifer Lawrence was an aspiring actress with a couple of little-seen indie credits and a running TV gig on "The Bill Engvall Show." After "Winter's Bone," she was one of the hottest names in the business. Of course, much of that is because Lawrence is a talented actress, but on some level, she has writer-director Debra Granik to thank.