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Review: Made-over 'Turtles' return in reboot

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:15am
Rebooting the popular franchise after Paramount acquired the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” rights, producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have taken on a full recap of the turtle…

Review: 'Lucy' won't stretch your brain capacity

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:15am
So let’s start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we coul…

Review: 'Sex Tape' is X-rated tale with PG plot

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:15am
The high-concept comedies spawned by “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” need to start using birth control.

Review: McCarthy's 'Tammy' misses the funny bone

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:05am
Meet Tammy. Boy, is she a mess. Angry, profane and aggressive, then suddenly shy and sweet. Sometimes she's funny, sometimes totally not. She can't figure out what she wants to do or be, or wh…

Review: 'Transformers' just more of the same

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:15am
Crash. Shatter. Boom. Crash. Shatter. Boom. Smattering of silly dialogue. Pretty girl screams: “Dad!” Crash. Shatter. Boom. Silly dialogue. “DAD!!!” Crash. Shatter. Boom.

Review: 'Jersey Boys' catchy but uneven

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:15am
You don’t have to be middle-aged, or even an adult, to know songs like “Sherry,” ‘’Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” Sure, they’re 1960s-era hits by The Four Seasons, but they’ve be…

Review: Lovely visuals, smart writing in 'Dragon'

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:15am
You thought it was tricky to train a dragon?

'Edge of Tomorrow' the right kind of rerun

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:30am
The time-shifting sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow" has perfectly encapsulated what it is to be a summertime moviegoer. We're dropped into a battlefield of digital effects with the fate of th…

Review: Woodley is pitch-perfect in 'Fault'

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:15am
Let's start with the obvious. For its core audience, "The Fault in Our Stars" is essentially critic-proof. If you're a fan of the wildly popular young-adult book by John Green, and have alread…

Review: Jolie's a fun hero-villain in 'Maleficent'

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:15am
Maybe it’s too soon to say the tide has shifted definitively. But it’s certainly been a unique time for fairy-tale villains.

A notorious Green Bay murder inspires Madison filmmaker's next documentary

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 4:30am
Michael Neelsen, who made the film "Last Day at Lambeau" in 2012, is working on a film about the Tom Monfils murder.

'X-Men' another reason for mutant pride

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:15am
Matthew Vaughn and a superb cast reinvigorated the franchise with cool retro style and globe-trotting intrigue in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class.” The series’ original director, Bryan Singer, cont…

'Godzilla' reboot upholds legacy

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:15am
No one can blame Gareth Edwards for admittedly feeling nervous when asked to helm a remake of the biggest monster movie of all time. Sure, the only other film he had directed happened to be 20…

Stars wage comic war in 'Neighbors'

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:15am
If ever two genres of film were inextricably intertwined, it would seem to be the frat house movie and the gross-out comedy. After all, do frats ever do anything that's not gross? Not in the m…

Garfield-Stone chemistry saves Spidey 2

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:15am
Deep into “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” my 11-year-old companion was confused about a certain plot point — justifiably, I’d say — and demanded an immediate and thorough explanation.

'Citizen Koch' documentary on Wisconsin protests to open in June

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:30am
Variance Films will release "Citizen Koch" in June.

Review: 'Other Woman' has zip but little else

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:15am
On its surface, “The Other Woman” is a very welcome thing: A movie starring talented, funny women with their own punch lines and everything. In the movies, this is bizarrely rare.

Review: 'Transcendence' is clunky and lifeless

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:15am
HAL has come a long way.

Review: 'Rio 2' dazzling but overloaded

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:15am
A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2” is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.

'Captain America' zippy but hollow

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:15am
For the latest Marvel release, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," most fan boys might prefer a Consumer Reports-style product review.