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Daily Picks for the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival – Part Three

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 by | 0 comments

2018 Milwaukee Film Festival

Tickets for the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival are now on sale with the film festival opening this week. To help you out, I’ve set out providing daily picks for the 15 days of the film festival. You can find part one, covering days one to five, here. Part two covering days six to ten can be found here.

So, let’s finish.



Day Eleven – Sunday, October 28th – COLD WAR

It’s hard to pick one film as a standout on a packed day of the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival. It came down to scarcity with the only showing of COLD WAR. COLD WAR is Pawel Pawlikowski’s followup to IDA and it promises to be just as visually stylish while telling a story inspired by his parents. I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this film when awards season rolls around.

Alternative: Why not take the kids or nieces and nephews to a screening of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? You can create cinema fans for a lifetime with the right choice of movies. Film festivals aren’t just for elitist film snobs.

Day Twelve – Monday, October 29th – CUBAN FOOD STORIES


The Food Feast program is always full of films that make people happy and hungry in equal measure. CUBAN FOOD STORIES promises to celebrate the food and culture of that island nation. It’s sure to be colorful and warm.

Alternative: BEE NATION is a spelling bee movie, has there ever been a bad one? This one is set in Canada and focuses on indigenous contestants. I’m sure we’ll all fall in love with one child and be heartbroken when they can’t spell a word we can’t spell either.

Day Thirteen – Tuesday, October 30th – RAFIKI

RAFIKI was the first Kenyan filmed to screen at Cannes, while being banned in its home country. RAFIKI promises to be full of vibrant colors and have a passionate message of inclusiveness. The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival was lucky to have landed it.

Alternative: The Sportsball program has several notable films, but none more than BORG VS. MCENROE which relives 1980 Wimbledon and perhaps the greatest finals match ever. With a perfectly cast Shia LeBeouf, it’s aiming to be the most significant tennis movie ever.

Day Fourteen – Wednesday, October 31 – GHOST STORIES

It’s Halloween, what better time to pay a trip to the Cinema Hooligante program and the British anthology GHOST STORIES. British film has a tradition of the horror anthology dating back to DEAD OF NIGHT from the 1940s and perhaps reaching a commercial zenith with the 1960s to 1970s anthologies from Amicus Studio. GHOST STORIES looks like a classy addition to that tradition.

Alternative: If that’s not enough, the Cream City Cinema program is screening the locally made and set LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER. It’s a love letter and parody of classic monster movies with a heavy influence from Guy Maddin. It’s sure to be a lot of fun.

Day Fifteen – Thursday, November 1 – SHOPLIFTERS

It’s the last day of the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival, so why not end it with perhaps the best film of the festival in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS? Fresh off a Palme d’Or win at Cannes, SHOPLIFTERS is already one of the frontrunners for film of the year. Kore-eda’s been doing great work for decades and his low key family dramas avoid all the standard cliches. Those of us who have had our heart broken by Kirin Kiki in SWEET BEAN and AFTER THE STORM will have one final opportunity to say goodbye to the late actress. If there’s one great film at the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival, this is likely it.

Alternative: If you have already caught SHOPLIFTERS or wind up shut out at the box office, the closing night film BACK AT THE STAIRCASE promises to be a winner. If nothing else, it’s a chance to say thank you to all the hard working people that make up Milwaukee Film and have poured blood, sweat, and tears in growing the festival over ten years.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of great films showing at the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival. It’s facing stiff competition, including a possible World Series run by the Milwaukee Brewers, but it’s also bringing in some real heavy hitters. It promises to be the best Milwaukee Film Festival yet. And our coverage is just beginning.

The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival runs from October 18, 2018 to November 1, 2018. Information and tickets can be found at Milwaukee Film’s website.


Robert Reineke
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