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Long-delayed, painfully generic "Seventh Son" leaves zero impact

Published Feb. 7, 2015

It's been a long, pothole-filled journey to the big screen for "Seventh Son," one that unfortunately has not been worth it. A tired story, dull performances and uninspired filmmaking team up to make a movie that plays like the last moldy pfft of air finally escaping from a long-forgotten deflated balloon. It's a film destined to be forgotten without bothering to leave any sign it ever existed in the first place.

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Real life "American Sniper" wife Taya Kyle has a Milwaukee connection

Published Feb. 5, 2015

Whether because of the movie's incredible box office run, its polarizing politics, its several Oscar nominations or its tremendously fake prop baby, "American Sniper" has easily been the year's most talked about film. Now, there's something else to talk about: a Milwaukee connection.

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"Mr. Turner" is no paint by numbers hagiography

Published Jan. 31, 2015

You can call "Mr. Turner" many things. Clocking in at 150 minutes, you could call it long. Call it occasionally unpleasant considering its titular subject's behavior is often crude and abrasive, and his dialogue - sometimes an indecipherable tumble drier of low-pitched grunts and grumbles - doesn't exactly provide much gilding. Just don't call it a basic Great Man hagiography biopic.

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"Mortdecai" - Lifestyles of the rich and brainless

Published Jan. 31, 2015

If you're going to see one movie about a dandy, mustachioed gentleman on a caper involving stolen artwork and featuring an appearance by Jeff Goldblum, make it "The Grand Budapest Hotel." However, if you're going to see two movies about a dandy, mustachioed gentleman on a caper involving stolen artwork and featuring an appearance by Jeff Goldblum ... eh, maybe it's best to just watch "The Grand Budapest Hotel" a second time.

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Short doc "The 414s" hacks its way into Sundance, CNN

Published Jan. 27, 2015

Over 30 years after the event - but just in time for today's headlines - local filmmakers Michael T. Vollmann (the Wisconsin Film Festival-winning short "Before You") and Chris James Thompson ("The Jeffrey Dahmer Files") are putting the true story of a group of young Milwaukee hackers back in the spotlight with their new short documentary "The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers."

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J. Lo's "The Boy Next Door": Take a pass on these cookies

Published Jan. 26, 2015

As a gender-swapped sexy stalker thriller in the vein of "Fatal Attraction," "The Boy Next Door" is about as dead in the water as Michael Douglas' infamous pet bunny. However, as a tawdry slab of silly, giggle-inducing camp, "The Boy Next Door" scores more laughs than most intentional comedies. There's entertainment to be found here - cue the cookie-related innuendos - just never particularly of the variety the filmmakers were going for.

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"Strange Magic" orders up plenty of strange but not too much magic

Published Jan. 24, 2015

It doesn't take long into George Lucas' bizarre new animated movie "Strange Magic" to ask "What the heck am I watching?" Not shortly after, that question turns into "Why the heck am I still watching this?" It's hard to rationalize a good answer for either.

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"Blackhat" comes dangerously close to resembling a hack job

Published Jan. 22, 2015

After the Sony hack forced "The Interview" out of its prime Christmas release slot, "Blackhat" seemed to be perfectly primed to take its place. Alas, Universal kept the film in January. And maybe that was for the best, because even with its timely sounding synopsis, "Blackhat" plays like a relic, recalling less the anxiety of today's headlines and more the warmed-over memories of yesterday's forgettable action junk and silly techno-trash.

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Milwaukee Film Festival announces 2015 dates

Published Jan. 21, 2015

This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced the official dates of its upcoming 2015 edition. The 15-day extravaganza of movies, short movies, educational movie screenings, post-movie conversations and panel discussions - likely about movies - will run from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 8.

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"Selma" powerfully presents MLK and the hard road to history

Published Jan. 20, 2015

"Selma" is much more accomplished than "timely" gives it credit - or that its award season release and Important Movie surface may imply. It may appear like yet another Great Man Oscar bait biopic. Instead, it plays exactly like what many of those films are desperately reaching to be: a deeply powerful and deftly nuanced movie, one that beautifully captures the man and his mission with clear eyes, leaving viewers with teary ones thoroughly earned.

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The 2015 Oscar nominations are in

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Bright and early this morning, the joint forces of Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs prattled off the 2015 Oscar nominees. "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lead the pack with nine nominations for each - including Best Picture nods for both.

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"Inherent Vice" gives off one great, groovy second-hand high

Published Jan. 14, 2015

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's been called a lot of things over his prodigious career. Light and cartoonish, however, would not likely be two of them. Yet here we are with "Inherent Vice," which goes down satisfyingly like a late night pizza on 4/20.

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The best (and worst) movies of 2014

Published Jan. 12, 2015

Hollywood insiders and magazines would have you believe 2014 was a miserable year for movies. And from a financial perspective, yes, they're totally correct. From a quality standpoint, however, 2014 was kind of terrific. Movie critic Matt Mueller breaks down the best (and a few of the worst) the year had to offer.