For Midwesterners, summer means more sun, more leisure time - and more movie debuts. Gifted refers to 10-year-old Mckenna Graces character, Mary, in the new dramedy directed by Marc Webb from a Tom Flynn script.Following are 20 films scheduled for release between Memorial Day weekend (in one case, the Thursday preceding that weekend) and mid-August. That word could be applied to the diminutive actress as well, for Grace definitely steals the show with perhaps the best performance by a preteen Ive seen as a movie reviewer.An old-fashioned love story with old-fashioned content, like footage from Rebel Without a Cause and an homage to Gene Kelly in Singin in the Rain?Watching movies is a time-honored method of coping with the winter doldrums.Everything old is shockingly, stirringly new again in Mamma Mia!
While its always sad to see summer go - and you can easily verify that statement with your school-aged children - autumn brings the annual Milwaukee Film Festival (more about that subsequently) and usually, in tandem with the first couple weeks of winter, a given years best batch of motion pictures.Questions address happenings 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 25, 20 and 10 years ago.Hopefully theyll get you in a Jimmy Kimmel, red-carpet mood for Sunday night. In one of the unlikelier circumstances attached to an extremely unlikely movie, the title character of John Wick: Chapter 2, played with little range but lots of athleticism by Keanu Reeves, is summoned from retirement to make good on an old blood oath and function again as a hit man.My major concern as a critic is whether a film is guilty of audience cruelty - and A Dogs Purpose is not.Searching for a movie with inoffensive dialogue and without nudity and violence?Dunkirk, being shown in 70mm prints in relatively few venues across the country - among them Waukeshas Marcus Majestic Cinema - begins with a simple declarative sentence displayed onscreen: The enemy have driven the British and French armies to the sea. Just as his bill to benefit the mentally ill is about to be voted upon in Congress - in the midst of his campaign for governor - an epic family crisis occurs.