The Oriental Theatre will show Netflix's new Ted Bundy drama, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," on Saturday night at 7 p.m., but before then, we chatted with screenwriter and Milwaukee native Michael Werwie about his debut feature film.
About a month ago I found a time slot that worked for a movie, and took my 6 year-old daughter to the Marcus North Shore Cinema to see "The Greatest Showman." I didn't read any reviews, didn't check Rotten Tomatoes and knew almost nothing about the story line. My verdict?
If "Neighbors" was a college party, you'd willingly pay the $10 cover to get in and get your red Solo cup. It's the Stella Artois of Keystone Light-fueled riots.
Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron are three tremendously talented young actors. Yet, for two smug and chauvinistic hours, I couldn't stand these guys. That's the power of "That Awkward Moment." It took three of the most compelling, charming young actors we have working, and forced them into inhumane characters and contrived rom-com scenarios that made me wish physical harm upon them.
In a summer season filled with superheroes, intergalactic adventurers and Baz Luhrmann at his Baz Luhrmann-iest, I wouldn't blame you for overlooking the tiny corn industry indie "At Any Price." For audiences looking for a respite from the usual testosterone-filled summer chaos, however, director Ramin Bahrani's modest movie might just fit the bill.
Just a few months ago, William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" took an unpleasant story featuring murder and sexual embarrassment, and made it a dementedly captivating genre mash-up. Lee Daniels, who struck Oscar gold with "Precious" in 2009, does not have the same sense of control with "The Paperboy," a sweaty, swampy mess of a movie.
Nicholas Sparks, most famously known as the author who created the source novel for the blockbuster tearjerker "The Notebook," "Dear John" and others, is returning to the big screens with "The Lucky One" this weekend. And, much like his previous offerings, this one delivers the similarly bland, vanilla romance security blanket moviegoers have come to expect from him.
With the country becoming more and more polarized, the upcoming release of "The Lorax" had the potential to take Dr. Seuss' famous kid-friendly environmental fable and turn it into an informative and entertaining tale about keeping all things in moderation. Yeah ... not so much.
The plot may be nauseatingly familiar, but Zac Efron and Matthew Perry make the "trading places" gimmick work.