Express Milwaukee - Film clips http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-32-1-film-clips.html Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 'The Age of Adaline' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25588-the-age-of-adaline.html  ]]> 'Little Boy' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25590-little-boy.html Rated PG-13 A film that ultimately belongs to the Christian faith films genre, Little Boy was executive produced by Roma Downey from “Touched by an Angel” and her husband, Mark Burnett. The ]]> Italian Film Festival http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25589-italian-film-festival.html Milwaukee’s ninth annual Italian Film Festival presents a varied lineup of contemporary movies from the land of Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Sophia Loren. Comedy is the dominant no]]> 'The Water Diviner' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25591-the-water-diviner.html Rated R Set in 1919, Australian farmer and water diviner Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey to locate and claim the remains of his three sons, all killed in World War I. The suicide ]]> 'Child 44' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25524-child-44.html Rated R Tom Rob Smith’s 480-page potboiler is adapted to the screen, starring Tom Hardy as a war hero turned undercover policeman in Stalin’s Russia. It’s 1952 and the Communist Party declare]]> 'Monkey Kingdom' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25525-monkey-kingdom.html Rated G Maya, a low-ranking macaque mother in Sri Lanka, struggles to feed her baby Kip and to maintain her relationship with her mate, outsider Kumar. Maya lives in the temple ruins with her tribe, ]]> 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25526-paul-blart-mall-cop-2.html Rated PG Though panned by critics, the first Mall Cop, a star vehicle for Kevin James, took cruising the mall on a Segway to new heights while ringing up a hefty $150 million in ticket sales. Six yea]]> 'Unfriended' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25527-unfriended.html Rated R Seen through a teenage girl’s computer screen, Unfriended views a group of online chat-room friends who are haunted after their dead friend messages the group to declare they must pay for a]]> 'The Longest Ride' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25484-the-longest-ride.html ]]> Regan runs again - Promises change in sheriff’s office http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25443-regan-runs-again-promises-change-in-sheriff%25E2%2580%2599s-office.html A write-in candidate for Sangamon County sheriff is hoping to take advantage of an apparent split in the Republican Party that has two candidates competing for the post in the upcoming GOP primary. “I think that there’s an opportunity for our cam]]> Furious 7 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25363-furious-7.html Through the use of CGI and Paul Walker’s own brothers standing in as doubles, the actor’s fatal accident (occurring off set while making the film) never hampers his derring-do. Jason Statham plays]]> Get Hard http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25318-get-hard.html Rated R Wrongly convicted of fraud and given 30 days to get his affairs in order, hedge-fund millionaire James King (Will Ferrell) offers a small fortune to Darnell (Kevin Hart) in exchange for train]]> Home http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25319-home.html Rated PG Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) and the rest of his Boov species use Earth as a hideout from their archenemies the Gorg. Then Oh makes a terrible mistake, telegraphing their location to the Gorg.]]> Pilot Error http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25321-pilot-error.html Not Rated Inspired by events half the world away but set (and partially filmed) in Milwaukee, Pilot Error packs a love story, a chronicle of self-actualization and a corporate-conspiracy thriller int]]> The Divergent Series: Insurgent http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25276-the-divergent-series-insurgent.html ]]> The Gunman http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25277-the-gunman.html Rated R Seven years after executing a hit on an African official, Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is short one girlfriend (Jasmine Trinca) and suffering from PTSD. Then an attempt on his life sends Terrier t]]> Cinderella http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25202-cinderella.html
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Orphans of the Genocide http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25203-orphans-of-the-genocide.html
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A Place to Stand: The Story of Jimmy Santiago Baca http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25165-a-place-to-stand-the-story-of-jimmy-santiago-baca.html
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Blackhat http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24733-blackhat.html Rated: RChris Hemsworth portrays Nicholas Hathaway, a legendary hacker who is serving a prison term when he is offered his freedom in exchange for catching a cyber-criminal (known as a blackhat) wante]]> Inherent Vice http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24734-inherent-vice.html ]]> Taken 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24696-taken-3.html
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Annie http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24568-annie.html Rated: PG Rewriting most of the original musical’s songs, this poorly scripted and paced “modern retelling” is an embarrassment. Plucky foster kid Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) moves in with Wi]]> Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24570-night-at-the-museum-secret-of-the-tomb.html Rated: PG In the third installment of this tired trilogy, museum prison guard Larry (Ben Stiller) travels to England hoping to fix the disintegrating Egyptian tablet responsible for bringing museum e]]> The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24569-the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies.html Rated: PG-13 In the final installment of the three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the dragon Smaug abandons his cave of treasures to unleash his wrath upon the hapless inh]]> Wild http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24571-wild.html Rated: R Based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as a lone hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail. Reeling from the untimely death of her mother, Bobbi (Laura Dern), Cheryl]]> Top Five http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24542-top-five.html Rated: R Written and directed by Chris Rock (who also stars), Top Five examines the comedian’s long-standing challenge of translating his comic talent from stand-up comedy to big-screen roles. Rock]]> Exodus: Gods and Kings http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24518-exodus-gods-and-kings.html


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Film Clips: Nov. 25 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24442-film-clips-nov-25.html After failing to kill their bosses in the first installment, a trio of disgruntled ex-employees played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis create a product called “The Shower Buddy.” After it receives a dose of tongue-in-cheek press, the pals make a handshake deal with a shady ]]> Film Clips: Nov. 19 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24388-film-clips-nov-19.html Having split the final installment of Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster trilogy into two parts, this third film in the series takes viewers to the halfway point of Collins’ 27-chapter novel. Positioned as a windup to the climactic finale to be released this time next year, we find heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer]]> Film Clips: Nov. 13 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24366-film-clips-nov-13.html

Groomed by her unrepentant “mom-ager” (Minnie Driver) to become a pop star, British singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is poised on the cusp of major stardom when she is overcome with depression and prepares to jump to her death from a Los Angeles upper-story hotel room. Saved by

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Following his older brother Tadashi’s untimely death, Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) becomes close to his brother’s invention—a puffy white robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit, pitch-perfect). The plot thickens when Hiro, himself a budding robot maker, discovers foul play in his brother’s death

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Film Clips: Oct. 29 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24268-film-clips-oct-29.html Adapted from the 2011 bestseller by British author S. J. Watson, this thriller introduces Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), a 40-year-old woman unable to retain new memories once she goes to bed each night. Awakening daily to a home she doesn’t recognize, Christine learns from hubby ]]> Film Clips: Oct. 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24218-film-clips-oct-21.html

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Film Clips: Oct. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24141-film-clips-oct-8.html Attractive gallerist Zoe (Sharon Leal) risks her relatively happy marriage to a hunky husband she adores (Boris Kodjoe) as well as her idyllic family life for an affair with a talented young artist (William Levy). Though she promises herself and her therapist she’ll stop at least a dozen times]]> Film Clips: Oct. 1 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24085-film-clips-oct-1.html Inspired by The Great Houdini, The Amazing Randi became the most celebrated escape artist of the second half of the 20th century after helping stage Alice Cooper’s beheading and guest starring on “Happy Days.” Like his hero, Randi eventually embarked on a campaign to debunk

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Film Clips: Sept. 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24063-film-clips-sept-24.html Director Johanna Hamilton’s marvelous documentary tells the largely forgotten story of a break-in at an FBI office in Pennsylvania by anti-war activists. What the burglars found was a trove of documents revealing the pervasive extent of FBI surveillance on political dissenters. Not only

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Film Clips: Sept. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24023-film-clips-sept-18.html Adapted from James Dashner’s 2007 novel, this is the first of a young adult science-fiction trilogy. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) awakens aboard a freight elevator that arrives at a clearing known as the Glade, located at the center of an enormous maze. Thomas joins a group of several dozen ]]> earum - earum http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23978-earum-earum.html Film Clips: Sept. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23949-film-clips-sept-8.html Last time, Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) rescued the injured dolphin they called Winter. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) developed a prosthetic tail for Winter, who found happiness with her surrogate mother-poolmate, Panama, at the ]]> Film Clips: Setp. 2 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23905-film-clips-setp-2.html The Identical imagines an alternate reality in which both Elvis and his twin brother (who in real life was stillborn), are separated at birth and are unaware of one another’s existence. One becomes pop star Drexel Hemsley, a 1950s sensation, while twin Ryan Wade becomes a Drexel ]]> Film Clips: Aug. 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23880-film-clips-aug-27.html This found-footage horror is set in the Paris catacombs where a group of young explorers become trapped. Adventurers Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), George (Ben Feldman) and team documentarian Benji (Edwin Hodge) rely on tough-talking Papillon (François Civil) and his grungy sidekicks ]]> Film Clips: Aug. 20 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23843-film-clips-aug-20.html A promising 17-year-old classical musician, Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), endures a terrible automobile accident involving her entire family. As she lies in a coma, Mia sees the disappointing outcome of her romance with ]]> Film Clips: Aug. 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23816-film-clips-aug-14.html As revealed in the often-witty screenplay by writer John Michael McDonagh, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is no ordinary Roman Catholic priest. A widower with a grown daughter, James is an empathetic, tolerant, enigmatic man threatened by a victim of priestly pedophilia—a crime ]]> Film Clips: Aug. 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23769-film-clips-aug-6.html  With Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s fictional Mason Jr. grows from toddler to teen in the body of the same maturing actor, Ellar Coltrane. Working ambitiously in between other projects, Linklater shot Boyhood from 2002 through 2013. Occasionally, markers of particular moments appear—a

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Film Clips: July 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23723-film-clips-july-30.html  In order to retain its PG-13 rating, this biopic omits and/or glosses over parts of singer James Brown’s history. Starring Chadwick Boseman as Brown, the film documents the singer’s impoverished childhood and subsequent rise to fame. Along the way we’re treated to recreations of

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Film Clips: July 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23695-film-clips-july-24.html  Rob Reiner directs a feel-good comedy targeting the senior set, a crowd possessing the time and money to frequent movie theaters. Michael Douglas appears as Oren Little, an obnoxious Realtor planning to make one big

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Film Clips: July 16 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23649-film-clips-july-16.html Film Clips: July 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23625-film-clips-july-10.html  A decade after the simian virus has killed almost all human beings, representatives of the few people remaining in San Francisco (played by Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Kodi Smit-McPhee) negotiate an uneasy truce with the ape leader, Caesar (performed beautifully in motion

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Film Clips: July 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23586-film-clips-july-3.html Film Clips: June 25 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23537-film-clips-june-25.html  After a manmade disaster plunges Earth into an ice age, a small number of survivors climb aboard a perpetual motion, class-segregated train that repeatedly encircles the globe. The locomotive’s owner (Ed Harris) and a handful of the wealthy (including his enforcer played by Tilda Swinton) live

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Film Clips: June 19 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23521-film-clips-june-19.html  There must be something in Australia’s landscape that lends itself to post-apocalyptic settings. In the latest Mad Max trek across the Outback, Guy Pearce plays Eric, a brooding drifter obsessed with reclaiming his stolen car—and killing the three criminals who took it. It’s “10 Years After

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Film Clips: June 11 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23452-film-clips-june-11.html  This sequel makes fun of youthful conventions and itself. Since inept cops Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) had their only success as undercover high school narcs, their hardnosed Captain (Ice Cube) sends the pair off to college to go undercover again. Jenko

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Film Clips: June 5 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23408-film-clips-june-5.html  Major Cage (Tom Cruise) and Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) are out to save the world—or is it save the day? In Edge of Tomorrow the world and the day are virtually the same thing. Cage must die over and over again, reliving the same experiences but taking them farther toward the goal of finding the

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Film Clips: May 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23368-film-clips-may-28.html  Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable, cruel curse on the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the girl grows into a kind and gentle princess, Maleficent, first seen in Disney’s 1959 Sleeping

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Film Clips: May 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23333-film-clips-may-22.html  Drew Barrymore, whose most memorable role of the past decade cast her as Adam Sandler’s memory-challenged girl in 50 First Dates, returns here as his love interest. Following their disastrous introduction during a blind date, Jim and Lauren (Sandler and Barrymore), wind up in

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Film Clips: May 15 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23298-film-clips-may-15.html  Once again, Godzilla is an amazing monster that rises from the sea to dwarf skyscrapers and to terrorize mankind. But wait! Godzilla also saves us from two long-gestating creatures that feast on radiation and devastate everything in their paths. Starring Bryan Cranston as something of a

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Film Clips: May 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23259-film-clips-may-10.html Director Jon Favreau returns to his screenwriting roots for this all-star, small-scale comedy exploring Chef Carl’s (Favreau) efforts to rediscover his love of cooking. After a disastrous run-in with a food critic (Oliver Platt) costs Carl the chef position at an upscale restaurant, he returns to 

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Film Clips: April 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23214-film-clips-april-30.html  Looking forward to his high school graduation, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) hungers to spend more time with girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone), but worries he won’t be able to protect her from the powerful villains looking to rid Manhattan of Peter’s alter ego Spider-Man. Jamie Foxx is electrifying

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Film Clips: April 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23159-film-clips-april-21.html  Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is a tweedy Englishman obsessed with railroad timetables. He strikes up an unlikely romance on a train with Patti (Nicole Kidman); after their marriage, the shadow of his World War II experiences

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Film Clips: April 17 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23138-film-clips-april-17.html Film Clips: April 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23104-film-clips-april-10.html  Israeli writer/directors Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales’ second feature, Big Bad Wolves is the brutal follow up to their 2010 feature Kalevet (Rabies). The story

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Film Clips: April 4 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23058-film-clips-april-4.html  Developing its characters more fully, this Captain America sequel takes place in the present day, two years after The Avengers. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) feels he’s an analog character in a digital age. He resides in Washington, D.C., where he works for

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Film Clips: Mar. 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23008-film-clips-mar-28.html  Russell Crowe appears as the biblical figure Noah, a family man ordered in his visions to build an ark able to withstand an apocalyptic flood. While all around Noah humanity has fallen into a depraved state, he and his wife (Jennifer Connelly) and family remain faithful to the commandments. Given

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Film Clips: Mar. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22867-film-clips-mar-18.html  Based on the first of three young adult novels by Veronica Roth, this futuristic saga centers on teenager Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley). She and all other 16-year-olds must undergo a grueling test to determine each teen’s place within society. Factions include: Abnegation (the selfless

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Film Clips: Mar. 13 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22797-film-clips-mar-13.html Film Clips: Mar. 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22771-film-clips-mar-6.html Film Clips: Feb. 25 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22730-film-clips-feb-25.html Film Clips: Feb. 19 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22686-film-clips-feb-19.html  Upon learning that he suffers from a terminal disorder, Secret Service agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) resigns his post to spend time with his wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). Then Renner is told he’ll be given an antidote to defeat his mysterious disease, but only

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Film Clips: Feb. 12 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22641-film-clips-feb-12.html  Based on a 1974 David Mamet stage play entitled Sexual Perversity in Chicago, this film also remakes the 1986 movie starring Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins. In this version the relationships examined belong to a pair of African American couples (Michael Ealy

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Film Clips: Feb. 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22612-film-clips-feb-6.html  In The Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes is the director and star, playing Charles Dickens during his long affair with a much younger actress, Nelly (Felicity Jones). Based on Claire Tomalin’s biographical sleuthing, the dramatization paints the big picture with historical fidelity and emotional

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Film Clips: Jan. 29 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22572-film-clips-jan-29.html  This romantic melodrama, casting Josh Brolin as an escaped convict and Kate Winslet as depressed single mom Adele, cooks up the right chemistry. Brolin’s Frank demands refuge in widow Adele’s unkempt home

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Film Clips: Jan. 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22530-film-clips-jan-21.html   Set in a dystopian present, Aaron Eckhart appears as Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, now a rather good-looking fellow named Adam (despite needing a better plastic surgeon). Blessed with immortality, Adam is sought by those wanting to learn his genetic secrets. Yvonne Strahovski plays Adam’s love

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Film Clips: Jan. 16 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22497-film-clips-jan-16.html  In this latest entry in the found-footage horror genre, we learn that newlywed, Zach (Zach Gilford), is documenting his bride, Samantha’s (Allison Miller), unexpected pregnancy after a honeymoon night neither one can recall. Home movies of Samantha’s belly distorted by her overactive fetus

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Film Clips: Jan. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22452-film-clips-jan-8.html  The special effects-laden Legend of Hercules purports to be the origin story of Greek mythological hero Hercules (Kellan Lutz). Born of a human woman impregnated by the god Zeus, Hercules is unaware of his true heritage when he is caught carrying on a forbidden romance with the Princess

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Film Clips: Dec. 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22422-film-clips-dec-30.html  Written and directed by Michael Landon’s son Christopher, the fifth chapter of the Paranormal franchise finds the demon seeking out a young California Latino, Jesse (Andrew Jacobs). The setting, a decrepit apartment house, adds to the sense of dread when Jesse hears voices coming

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Film Clips: Dec. 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22392-film-clips-dec-22.html  47 Ronin retells a legend based on real events from early-18th-century Japan; after a benevolent lord is killed by an evil lord who uses witchcraft, 47 of the former’s samurai guards vow to avenge his death. The lord’s beautiful daughter Mika (Kô Shibasaki) is one of the prizes sought by the

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Film Clips: Dec. 16 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22340-film-clips-dec-16.html  Loosely based on actual events, this retelling of the Abscam sting of the 1970s is narrated by con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his girlfriend Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). She overlooks Irving’s marriage to unstable Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) because she enjoys the

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Film Clips: Dec. 12 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22314-film-clips-dec-12.html  “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one,” Lance Armstrong tells documentarian Alex Gibney, but even that admission is probably untrue. The Armstrong Lie is an unflinching look at the career of cycling’s

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Film Clips: Dec. 1 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22252-film-clips-dec-1.html “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one,” Lance Armstrong tells documentarian Alex Gibney, but even that admission is probably untrue. The Armstrong Lie is an unflinching look at the career of cycling]]> Film Clips: Nov. 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22232-film-clips-nov-27.html  This contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ play follows the lessons learned by street-wise Baltimore teen Langston (Jacob Latimore). When his single mom (Jennifer Hudson) takes Langston to New York City to spend the holidays with his estranged grandparents (Forest Whitaker

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Film Clips: Nov. 19 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22191-film-clips-nov-19.html Orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) becomes something of an activist when her adoptive German parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) shelter a Jewish refugee beneath their stairs. Liesel steals books slated for burning by the Nazi regime, which she then shares with other secretly

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Film Clips: Nov. 12 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22144-film-clips-nov-12.html  This sequel to the 1999 film was conceived at a cast reunion dinner. The reunion concept carried over to a plot that finds the friends reuniting 15 years after college. Taye Diggs returns as protagonist Harper Stewart, with Sanaa Lathan playing his wife. Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard

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Film Clips: Nov. 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22095-film-clips-nov-6.html  On his 21st birthday, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns he’s inherited the ability of his father (Bill Nighy) to travel back in time and improve upon his life. Tim mainly uses his newfound power to woo Mary (Rachel McAdams in bowl-cut bangs), the pretty American girl he meets at a London restaurant

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Film Clips: Oct. 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22058-film-clips-oct-30.html  In the near future, pubescent Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to Battle School where he and other kids are trained to fight against a hostile extraterrestrial race known as Formics. Col. Graff (Harrison Ford) commands an army of child warriors “because children make

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Film Clips: Oct. 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22016-film-clips-oct-22.html  Following the arrest and conviction of 8-year-old Billy’s mom, 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) intends to deliver his motherless grandson to the boy’s dad. The pair sets out on a cross-country road trip, but

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Film Clips: Oct. 15 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21978-film-clips-oct-15.html  Apparently every generation needs its own version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Jane Austen’s Jane Eyre and now Steven King’s Carrie. Or, Hollywood was hankering for Chloë Grace Moretz to get her own coming-of-age film, making the transition from child vigilante or

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Film Clips: Oct. 8 - Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Greengrass, Lisa Miller, Machete Kills, Robert Rodriguez, Machete, Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen, Carlos Estevez, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, SofíaVergara http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21930-film-clips-oct-8-captain-phillips-tom-hanks-paul-greengrass-lisa-miller-machete-kills-robert-rodriguez-machete-danny-trejo-charlie-sheen-carlos-estevez-demian-bichir-amber-heard-vanessa-hudgens-sofiavergara.html  Captain Phillips is based on the true story of an American captain whose freighter is hijacked by Somali pirates. It’s 2009 when Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) is at the helm of an enormous container ship headed for Kenya. He spots a pair of fast-moving skiffs off the coast of Somalia

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Film Clips: Oct. 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21898-film-clips-oct-3.html  After being cheated in an online poker game, Princeton undergrad Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) heads for Costa Rica to confront computer gambling kingpin, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). The entrepreneur offers Richie a choice—take back his money or join Block’s illegal operation

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Film Clips: Sept. 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21850-film-clips-sept-24.html  Critically acclaimed and grossing more than $250 million, it was a foregone conclusion that the animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs would spawn at least one sequel. However, chapter two re-“hashes” the original’s plot, and seems overly familiar. Inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill

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Film Clips: Sept. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21805-film-clips-sept-18.html  Josh Holloway takes a starring turn as Jason Blake, a one-time championship basketball coach with a lot left to prove when he’s recruited to field a winning dance crew by Los Angeles hip hop mogul Dante (Laz Alonso). The pressure’s on since America hasn’t won the international

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Film Clips: Sept. 11 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21767-film-clips-sept-11.html  Terence Nance’s semi-autobiographical film is amusing and heartfelt as well as a visually and narratively imaginative exploration of the vagaries of love in all its angst and pleasure—especially during the uncertainty when flirtation has no clear end. An unseen narrator hits pause, a longer film

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Film Clips: Sept. 5 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21730-film-clips-sept-5.html  Vin Diesel believed in this threequel when major studios did not, prompting the star to mortgage his home for movie-making funds. He returns to the Pitch Black role that propelled him to fame—a shiny-eyeballed character able to see in the dark. Riddick, left for dead on a scorched planet with only

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Film Clips: Aug. 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21687-film-clips-aug-28.html  Though originally reported to be a remake of the 1972 film The Getaway, this story is anything but. In an effort to save his kidnapped wife, Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) must get behind the wheel of a Shelby Mustang Super Snake and follow orders from a mysterious man (Jon Voight) who

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Film Clips: Aug. 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21660-film-clips-aug-22.html  Released on an all-region two-disc DVD and Blu-ray in Hong Kong in May, this film is just now making its way to American theaters. Shot in a four-hour format that chronicles the life of martial arts master Yip Man (who trained Bruce Lee), the final cut was reduced to two hours

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Film Clips: Aug. 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21624-film-clips-aug-14.html  The shocking 2010 killing of a SeaWorld orca trainer by one of the killer whales cast the aquatic amusement park business in a cold light. The eye-opening documentary Blackfish reveals a pattern of attacks by orcas on their

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Film Clips: Aug. 7 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21583-film-clips-aug-7.html  In the year 2154, Max (Matt Damon) is one of many workers toiling on a ruined planet Earth while the privileged look down upon them from Elysium, an enormous, futuristic space station equipped with every imaginable

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Film Clips: July 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21551-film-clips-july-30.html  This action-comedy was originally conceived as a vehicle for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, in the wake of their Wedding Crashers success. Years passed before the project was assigned to Baltasar Kormákur, an Icelandic director who went with his go-to guy, Mark Wahlberg, because the acto

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Film Clips: July 24 - I’m So Excited, Pedro Almodóvar, David Luhrssen, The To-Do List, Aubrey Plaza, Maggie Carey, Lisa Miller, The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21506-film-clips-july-24-i%25E2%2580%2599m-so-excited-pedro-almodovar-david-luhrssen-the-to-do-list-aubrey-plaza-maggie-carey-lisa-miller-the-wolverine-hugh-jackman-rila-fukushima-hal-yamanouchi-tao-okamoto-hiroyuki-sanada-svetlana-khodchenkova.html A disabled airplane circling for hours, unable to land, has solid potential for drama or comedy. Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited opts for the latter but delivers little as its

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Film Clips: July 17 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21469-film-clips-july-17.html  The first sign of trouble on moving day: the family dog refuses to come inside. The second: discovering the boarded-up entrance to a disused cellar. It was downhill from there for the unfortunate family that purchased

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Film Clips: July 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21429-film-clips-july-10.html Film Clips: July 2 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21398-film-clips-july-2.html  Steve Carell returns as Gru, a master criminal who is determined to go straight in the wake of adopting three charming young girls. While attempting to start his own jam-making company, Gru is recruited to the anti-villain

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Film Clips: June 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21375-film-clips-june-27.html On a roll following the estrogen-soaked hit Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig takes on this cop buddy project centered around two dysfunctional, yet effective, female operatives. In order to catch a ruthless drug lord

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Film Clips: June 20 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21336-film-clips-june-20.html  Fast-moving zombies (with superior hearing) flesh out this adaptation of a novel by Max Brooks, son of Mel. News from the set included infighting and cast changes, but the final result is an engrossing film focused on the global

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Film Clips: June 11 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21270-film-clips-june-11.html  This Superman is an origin story that casts Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel. We meet Superman as a youngster when his adopted Earth father, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), advises Clark to keep his superpowers to himself

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Film Clips: June 6 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21199-film-clips-june-6.html Normal life paused a century ago in many places when the circus came to town. The performers trouped down Main Street in a cavalcade of wagons heavily carved and gilded. By the 1950s those rolling sculptures were

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Film Clips: May 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21137-film-clips-may-27.html  One thousand years in the future, humanity has abandoned earth and now resides somewhere beyond our solar system. The Legendary Ranger, Cypher Raige (Will Smith), is training his undisciplined teenage son Kitai

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Film Clips: May 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21112-film-clips-may-22.html  Although the team of street racers are now wealthy and mostly content, they are wanted fugitives unable to return home to the U.S. That could change if they help lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) capture British

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Film Clips: May 16 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21071-film-clips-may-16.html  Following the death of his wife, Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) is an American engineer working for a corporation located in Belgium. One morning he arrives at the company to find the entire office stripped and assassins waiting

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Film Clips: May 9 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21041-film-clips-may-9.html Film Clips: May 2 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21001-film-clips-may-2.html  Featuring interviews with activists and ground-zero footage from Madison, Forward documents the massive protests against Scott Walker that led to the recall campaign. Directed by Dusan Harminc and Matt Mullins, Forward includes

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Film Clips: April 25 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20966-film-clips-april-25.html  Because their son (Topher Grace) and his fiancée (Amanda Seyfried) have lied to the bride's ultraconservative mother (Susan Sarandon), the groom's long-divorced parents (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton) are compelled to

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Film Clips: April 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20923-film-clips-april-18.html  Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a successful activist attorney who drives his daughter to her suburban grade school in a Volvo station wagon. But the secrets he’s concealed for decades begin to surface when the FBI finally bust

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Film Clips: April 11 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20891-film-clips-april-11.html  Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires is an Australian comedy about an all-girl Aboriginal singing group from the ’60s (a Down Under Supremes) and their wily white manager. The Aborigines were treated like American Indians

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Film Clips: April 4 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20844-film-clips-april-4.html  Where Sam Raimi counted on wit, terror and a bit of gore to elevate his 1981 cult classic, the jokes are banished from this blood-splattered version as CGI effects climb aboard. As in the original, five young friends head

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Film Clips: Mar. 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20811-film-clips-mar-28.html  The second chapter of Hasbro's G.I. Joe resets the franchise. It's more comical, more action-packed and jammed with action stars. Bruce Willis plays Original Joe, now General Colton, returning to the fray, and lending weapons

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Film Clips: Mar. 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20771-film-clips-mar-21.html  This adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz's novel seeks to spice up Princeton's application process with a moral dilemma. Tina Fey portrays Portia Nathan, a 38-year-old admissions officer gunning for promotion. Portia visits

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Film Clips: Mar. 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20736-film-clips-mar-14.html  
The Israeli secret service is justifiably known for its James Bond gadgets as well as its long reach. In the Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers, six former chiefs of Shin Bet are interviewed and discuss the frustrations of their job. After 1967, when Israel overran the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza, Israel's

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Film Clips: Mar. 7 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20694-film-clips-mar-7.html  A pair of New Yorkers unites for the purpose of seeking revenge. Colin Farrell appears as Victor, infiltrating a crime empire in order to get close to kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard), responsible for destroying Victor's

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Film Clips: Feb. 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20624-film-clips-feb-21.html  After being used as a patsy and unwittingly participating in a drug deal, the eldest son of John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is convicted and imprisoned. To free his boy, Matthews makes a bargain to infiltrate a drug cartel and

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Film Clips: Feb. 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20595-film-clips-feb-14.html  Adapted from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's first novel in The Caster Chronicles, this supernatural love story is set in a small Southern town. High school senior Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) is bewitched by intriguing new girl

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Film Clips: Feb. 5 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20558-film-clips-feb-5.html  When his credit suddenly goes south, middle-aged Sandy (Jason Bateman) learns his identity has been stolen. He tracks down the culprit 2,000 miles away in Miami. She's Diana (Melissa McCarthy), living high on the hog. The cops have neither the staff nor the inclination to bring her in

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Film Clips: Jan. 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20488-film-clips-jan-24.html  Fifteen years after nearly being roasted and eaten by the witch who lured them into her gingerbread house, siblings Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton) have grown into attractive young adults fond of

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Film Clips http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-5237-film-clips.html Unstinting in its graphic brutality, Gangster Squad is “inspired” by the take-down of mobster Mickey Cohen by the LAPD in the late 1940s. Josh Brolin plays the cast-iron Sgt. O’Mara, a lawman that makes Joe Friday look soft]]> Film Clips - January 17 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-375-film-clips-january-17.html Film Clips - December 27 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-323-film-clips-december-27.html Film Clips - 12/20-12/26 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-298-film-clips-12_20-12_26.html Shepherd Express Film Clips - 12/13 - 12/19 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-264-shepherd-express-film-clips-12_13-12_19.html More Sparkle, Less Substance - Golden Compass on the silver screen http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-249-more-sparkle-less-substance-golden-compass-on-the-silver-screen.html Chris Weitz's adaptation of Philip Pullman's dark fantasy proves that all that glitters is not gold. ]]> Love Over Time - Sex, romance, obsession http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-47-love-over-time-sex-romance-obsession.html What is love, anyway? In Love in the Time of Cholera, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez disentangles love from sex and casts a skeptical yet hopeful eye on the varieties of romance and the vagaries of marriage. Marquez investigates love at first sight, unrequited love and love that never dies, along with whether stability is better than happiness and whether men can ever remain faithful for long—or faithful in what sense? ]]> Corn-fed America - The high cost of cheap food http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-48-corn-fed-america-the-high-cost-of-cheap-food.html If we are what we eat, then most Americans are pure corn. The problem isn’t that we’re chowing down too many frozen or canned kernels. It’s the unhealthy and unnatural genetically engineered corn that factors into much of what we buy in supermarkets and is used to produce the processed foods that have pushed obesity and diabetes to record levels. ]]>