Film Review: Mother’s Day

Worst holiday film since director Garry Marshall's last holiday-themed film, or the one before that...

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Garry Marshall is definitely the king of sweet when it comes to films.  Here is a list of some of his greatest hits: Overboard, Beaches, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and The Princess Diaries (Parts 1 & 2). Each of these films shared his signature style of touching moments and sticky sweet sentiment dripping from every […]

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Film Review: SING STREET

Irish Teen Musical Tunes Into The 1980s

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“Any guy who says he started playing guitar for any other reason than meeting girls is lying.” That’s not an exact quote, but it’s the gist of what some rock star once said. I was thinking it was either John Mellencamp, or maybe Tom Petty. But the internet is telling me otherwise. Fact of the […]


Film Review: Papa Hemingway in Cuba

A unique look at another side of the legendary author

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Ernest Hemingway continues to fascinate the American cultural landscape for over 50 years after his death.  Despite being a reporter, a famed writer of novels and short stories, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, there is another fascinating side of Hemingway that America doesn’t widely know.  In the late 1950’s, Miami Globe writer Denne […]


Film Review: Green Room

Punk Rock attitude fuels this gory tale of survival

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Green Room is director Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to 2013’s Blue Ruin, which was a festival favorite.  Green Room continues the gritty crime approach and firmly plants the film’s setting inside a world that Jeremy inhabited while growing up: the punk rock club scene.  For more on Salnier, check out ZekeFilm’s Rob Gabe’s interview with the […]

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Ten From Milwaukee’s Own Spencer Tracy

Hollywood's Everyman From America's Heartland

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The summer after I graduated from UW-Madison I took a temp position with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Best job I ever had. In helping patrons with their family research, I had full access to the state’s entire collection of local and federal censuses, newspaper archives, and assorted historical documents going back to the early 19th […]

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When You Wish Upon a (Neglected) Star...

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An exercise in futility for cinemaphiles the world over is recalling the first movie you, the obsessive movie fan, ever saw. Do you count the first movie movie – like one officially seen in a movie theater – or do you include those watched on TV? Indeed, how does memory play into this: just because […]

Finding Dory

Interview: Andrew Stanton & Lindsey Collins

Creative Mastermind & Producer behind "Finding Dory" Speak On New Animated Sequel.

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From the Academy Award Winning director of “Wall-E” (2008) Pixar’s upcoming animated family film “Finding Dory”, one of the most highly anticipated sequels to Walt Disney’s modern classic 2003 underwater escapade “Finding Nemo”, is nearing its forthcoming release, a spectacular feat given it’s been over thirteen years since the 2003 film’s theatrical run that set […]

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Interview: Jeremy Saulnier

Director of Brutal Siege Thriller "Green Room" Talks Depicting Realistic Violence, Sam Peckinpah & Cuddling With His Mom

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Standing as a follow up to 2013’s deconstructionist revenge thriller “Blue Ruin”, Jeremy Saulnier’s second feature film “Green Room” is something of a grisly, blood-spilling survivalism outing elevated to a sophisticated high-art masterpiece.“The inspiration was just trying to infuse punk-rock with hardcore-genre cinema.” Saulnier tells me. The upcoming indie director reached critical acclaim with his […]



Dinner Parties Are Murder

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If you’ve ever dreaded having to attend a dinner party, THE INVITATION provides a stiff dose of paranoia for your anti-social leanings. Logan-Marshall Green hardly looks himself as leading man Will, covered in long hair and a shaggy beard after two years of mourning. He brings his new girlfriend to a dinner party at his […]


Film Review: The Adderall Diaries

A film with lots to say, that doesn't seem to be able to say it

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Director Pamela Romanowsky has a knack for attracting strong casts despite having only directed 2 short films and one full-length film prior to her latest film, The Adderall Diaries.  Her previous feature length film, The Color of Time, boasted an impressive cast of James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Jessica Chastain, and Bruce Campbell.  That […]