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La La Land made Golden Globe history this past weekend – winning 7 awards, including best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture, best actor and actress and musical score. But, whether it will continue its success at the Oscars remains to be seen.

Paying homage to MGM’s golden age of movie musicals, classics such as Singing In the Rain, Funny Face and An American in Paris are just a few of La La Land's inspirations. There’s singing, dancing, piano playing, painted sets and a star-studded cast.

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According to the Motion Picture Association of America, an average number of 600 movies are released each year in the United States. Although arts and entertainment editor of the Shepherd Express and film contributor Dave Luhrssen does not see every single film released, choosing the top films that came to Milwaukee is a challenging and necessary task as a critic.

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Last year, Lake Effect introduced you to John Garofolo, the editor of a collection of photos by the late war photographer and Shorewood native, Dickey Chapelle. Chapelle was the first US female war correspondent killed in action. But before her death in the early days of the Vietnam War, Chapelle lived an extraordinary life, taking distinctive pictures that showed both the cost of war, and the personal side of it.

Kirsten Johnson has spent a quarter of a century standing behind a camera. As a cinematographer she has traveled around the world, meeting people and hearing their stories, while creating images of their lives. Her new documentary, Cameraperson, puts those images into a different perspective.

Noel Spirandelli

In an 8 month series, WUWM looked closely at the issues surrounding mass incarceration of African American men in Milwaukee. The problem affects the community at large, but probably nowhere more so than the people who live in one particular Milwaukee zip code.

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Most people who consider themselves film buffs have seen or at least know of the classic silent films, Metropolis and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  But the German Expressionist movement that they were a part of has a much broader sweep than just those two titles.

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For some, December may mark the start of the holiday season, but for many Star Wars fans out there - Christmas came early with the release of Rogue One.

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Arrival is not your typical alien invasion movie. The film contains no space travel, no battles between humanity and extraterrestrial life, and no secret super weapon that could be used against one another. Instead, it’s all about one crucial tool: language.

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Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, the film Denial recounts writer and educator Deborah E. Lipstadt’s libel trial against historian David Irving, who sued Lipstadt after she declared him a Holocaust denier in one of her books.

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There are countless films about the Civil War. From Gangs of New York to Lincoln to Glory, our nation’s bloodiest war continues to offer plenty of stories to tell.

What makes you a psyco? To some, that question might seem offensive - but if you’re like Andi Xoch and Joan Zeta, it’s a question you answer with pride.

When writer Bruce Weber was a little boy, he wanted to be a lot of things. He thought about being a ballplayer, a mathematician or maybe a musician. And like many of us, he grew up to do something else entirely. Bruce Weber grew up to be an obituary writer.

Weber is one of the subjects of the documentary, Obit, which chronicles the work of The New York Times’ obituaries desk. He has since left his job at The Times, but had worked there for decades in a variety of positions.

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For many kids in America, being a teenager is tough. Add being a black teenager in today’s racially charged America, and circumstances get tougher. Then add being a black transgender or gay teenager living on your own in Washington D.C., and you have an even tougher situation, but one that makes the compelling subject of the documentary, Check It.

Dana Shihadah

The Milwaukee Show is an integral part of the Milwaukee Film Festival. It’s a program that includes short films made by local filmmakers, and it is very popular with festival audiences.

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It's hard being from the city and trying to figure out rural life. It's even harder when you've just gotten out of prison.

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