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"Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a lovely backdrop for a condensed backstory featuring a young Han Solo, a bland and cuddly Alden Ehrenreich, who lacks Harrison Ford’s charisma. more

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It’s not a hard-hitting expose, but Wim Wenders’ new documentary, “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” allows the pontiff to speak simply and eloquently about the state of the world. It’s a soothing balm. more

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Riveting performances from Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams anchor the excellent “Disobedience,” a film about love and grief set in a community of Orthodox Jews in London. more

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“RBG” is a new documentary that shines a light on the extraordinary life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive Supreme Court Justice who is still kicking it in her mid-80s. more

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A mental health therapist who struggled with an eating disorder releases a new documentary, “Reclaim Beauty.” It premieres May 15 at Union South. more

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In one Milwaukee neighborhood, more than 60 percent of men have spent time in prison by the time they are 34. This alarming fact shapes “Milwaukee 53206,” a documentary that examines the incarceration crisis. more

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Charlize Theron is a marvel as a mom on the verge of a breakdown in “Tully.” She finds relief after she gets help from a “night nanny. more

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Director Lynne Ramsay delivers a haunting thriller in “You Were Never Really Here,” a story of overlapping traumas starring Joaquin Phoenix as a freelance investigator. more

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It’s not earth-shaking, but Amy Schumer nails both sides of her work in “I Feel Pretty,” where a self-loathing woman gets knocked on the head and suddenly sees her beauty. more

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A whole new apocalypse: “A Quiet Place” goes where cinema has never gone before. The result is excruciating and refreshing at the same time. more

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Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” feels like an affectionate homage to Japanese pop culture. But this question must be grappled with: Is it cultural appropriation? more

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In a new book that has been adapted for the big screen, volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan tells the true story of the team that goes on to win a state championship while grieving the loss of a teammate. more

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A groundbreaking new film about a woman coping with the aftermath of sexual assault will have its Wisconsin premiere on April 19 at the Orpheum. more

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Film critic Craig Johnson reports from the first weekend of the Wisconsin Film Festival. He loves the new trailers, which include dozens of local musicians interpreting a theme, and says it’s not too late to catch great second screenings. more

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Isthmus critic Josh Heath reviews two films screening at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival: the documentary “Brewmaster” and the Bulgarian “Western.” more

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Catherine Capellaro reviews three films at the Wisconsin Film Festival where people mess up their lives by caring too much about what other people think. more

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“The New World Horror” is a Wisconsin-made horror-comedy film that takes aim at extremists. Its world premiere is at the Majestic Theater April 8. more

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Isthmus film critic James Kreul reviews three films at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival: “Let the Corpses Tan,” “Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There” and “Soller’s Point.” more

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Isthmus film critic Craig Johnson reviews three films screening at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival: “Hal,” “Vampire Clay” and “Clara’s Ghost.” more

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Isthmus movie critic Kenneth Burns reviews three upcoming documentaries at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival.“Filmworker,” “Napalm” and “Guerrero.” more

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