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Moviegoers line up for the 2024 Milwaukee Film Festival at the Downer Theatre, which parent Milwaukee Film acquired not long before this year's fest.

Conversation: Critics Eric Beltmann and Shelly Sampon React to the 2024 Milwaukee Film Festival

The 16th annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which closed April 25, brought more than 300 films to audiences in southeastern Wisconsin. Critic Speak contributors Eric Beltmann and Shelly Sampon discuss their shared love for Gene Wilder, how the Downer Theatre returned to the festival and why virtual options should return, too. Eric Beltmann: Before we dive […]

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“Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus” is the swan song of legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who died March 28, 2023.

MFF 2024: Festival Highlights

After setting the over/under at 15 minutes, I lost the wager in my mind: It didn’t take that long for the first person to walk out. The Milwaukee Film Festival’s annual Super Secret Members-Only Screening is always a gamble. Without knowing which movie would show, hundreds of dues-paying members of Milwaukee Film, the nonprofit organization

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MFF 2024: Week Two Picks

Trân Anh Hùng’s “The Taste of Things” is no popcorn movie. Concession stands are downright vulgar compared to the farmhouse kitchen at the center of Hùng’s tranquil story about food, art and passion. Set in fin-de-siècle rural France, the movie opens with a nearly wordless sequence in which the camera spends half an hour delicately

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Natalia Solián delivers an acclaimed performance in “Huesera” as a pregnant woman who finds herself threatened by a sinister entity.

MFF 2023: Worldviews section packs plenty of global pedigree

If the Mexican horror movie “Huesera” turned over a blood sample, its genetic makeup might prove startling. There’s a malignancy inside of Valeria, the young, pregnant wife at the center of Michelle Garza Cervera’s feature debut, and not just because the fetus inside her belly seems hijacked by dark forces. Valeria says she wants a

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Hasti Ghasemivaghar is the director of “Coming to Small Town America,” one of the nonfiction shorts being showcased in this year's Milwaukee Film Festival.

MFF 2023: Local documentary spotlights four immigrant stories

To get invited to the Milwaukee Film Festival, all Hasti Ghasemivaghar needed was a good idea and 10 bucks. Ghasemivaghar’s “Coming to Small Town America” is one of six nonfiction shorts included in a festival package called The Milwaukee Youth Show: Recording Reality. The program, which is new this year, showcases documentaries made by area

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