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In cinema history, there have been 37 video game adaptations. But yet, the only one has grasped at success -- Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie in 2001 with a box office record of $131 million.

In a time where a movie about LEGO is vastly successful, it is proven that a movie’s content based on toys or games will not alienate viewers. Yet, the video game to movie genre can’t seem to quite get the recipe right.

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Documentarian Ken Burns attracted millions of fan with his landmark public television series on the Civil War.  But many more millions of people are flocking to movie theaters for another civil war film…

Captain America: Civil War is open, and while it’s fallen to number 2 at the box office, don’t feel too sorry for it – it has already grossed $347 million for Disney. 

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There have been plenty of influential musicians portrayed in biographies on the silver screen. Award-winning depictions from that of Mozart in Amadeus, Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Ray Charles in Ray.

The makers of I Saw the Light hope it follows in those substantial footsteps. Tom Hiddleston sheds his natural English accent to portray country star Hank Williams and all the pain Williams endured in his life.

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Son of Saul tells a harrowing Holocaust story like you’ve never seen before. The movie follows Saul Auslander, a Hungarian that is part of a group of isolated Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in their large-scale extermination. 

While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son, and it becomes his mission to find a rabbi to help give the boy a proper burial amidst the daily turmoil of the camp.

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And the Academy Award goes to: Jim Hourihan, Alan Trombla, and Seth Rosenthal.

If none of those names seem familiar, there could be a good reason for that. Although all three are 2016 Academy Award winners, they weren’t part of the televised broadcast.

In fact, they were given their awards in an entirely different ceremony dedicated to technical and scientific achievements in the motion picture industry. It’s called the Sci-Tech awards, also known as the “Nerd Oscars.”

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The Academy Awards are fast approaching. And aside from the controversy over the diversity – or lack thereof – among the award nominees, there are several films generating a great deal of Oscar buzz.

One of those movies is the latest Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Revenant, based on the 2002 Michael Punke book.  It’s received 12 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. 

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It’s been a month since Star Wars: The Force Awakes first arrived on movie screens around the world, and it has been a force, indeed. 

The movie earned more than $500 million at the box office in its first weekend alone, and its earnings are now over a billion dollars, making it the highest-grossing Disney film ever. It has also surpassed the record once held by the James Cameron film Avatar for the highest grossing film of all time.

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If you have lived in Milwaukee over the past 20 years, you most likely remember the uncovering of the sex abuse controversy and scandal within the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese. Milwaukee is unfortunately just one of many cities in the United States where widespread abuse, and the cover ups, have been discovered.

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More than 25 years ago, Wisconsin native Joel Hodgson and a handful of other funny people launched a TV show on a UHF station in the Twin Cities. Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured Hodgson as the good natured Joel Robinson, who was sent into space by two mad scientists and sentenced to watch bad movies.

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Two of the most popular movie out now could not be more different. The animated Peanuts movie is becoming a family favorite just in time for the holidays and on the other end of the spectrum is Spectre - the latest entry in a long line of James Bond films.

Film contributor Dave Luhrssen say where the Bond franchise has been and where it’s going makes this film an especially noteworthy addition.

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It’s a milestone year for Milwaukee’s LGBT Film Festival - 30 years.  The festival, presented by UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, opened last week and runs through Sunday.

Carl Bogner, the festival’s director, says one of the major changes in its existence is just how many more choices now exist in finding quality films to present.

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If a movie passes the Bechdel test, it features at least two women talking to each other about a subject besides a man. There are more of those films than there used to be, but they’re still not a given in Hollywood.

However there are signs of a significant shift of sorts to more older women playing key roles. It’s a trend that our film contributor Dave Luhrssen has taken note of.

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The Milwaukee Film Festival continues at various theaters across the city this week, and if you are looking for a thriller with a Midwest sensibility, Uncle John will keep you on your toes throughout.

Some of you may remember actor John Ashton for his character roles in the Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run films, but in this independent film Ashton becomes the focus of attention as a quiet Wisconsin carpenter…and murderer.

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In the last few years, two of the most contentious debates in Wisconsin have been over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin and over the future of organized labor across the state. 

It’s a century-old story involving mining and labor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that is the focal point of a documentary by Milwaukee filmmaker Suzanne Jurva called Yoopera!  But there’s a twist – her film centers on an effort to produce an opera about this often-forgotten piece of history. 

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One of the many features of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival is the Cream City Cinema series, which features films by and/or about Milwaukeeans. 

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