On the Marquee: “The 414s,” “Rolling Underground,” and local releases

Local shorts made good help highlight a big week.


Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22: Watch local documentary The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers on CNN’s Digital Shorts website

Click here to watch! (FREE!)

Last week saw the online debut of local filmmakers Michael T. Vollmann and Chris Thompson’s Milwaukee-themed short The 414s as part of CNN’s new digital shorts series. The amazing story of a group of Milwaukee teenagers who managed to hack into numerous computer systems decades before cyberterrorism was even considered a thing now has a chance to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Wednesday, March 18: Fast & Furious

7 p.m. @ Multiple local Marcus Theaters (Check here for listings)

As we grow ever-closer to the release of Furious 7 at the beginning of next month, Marcus Theaters continue their March march through the previous entries in the series, and this week brings us to the fourth. It may be the least of the series, but it’s still an integral piece of the Dieselverse now established.


Thursday, March 19: Rolling Underground

8 p.m. @ The Roman Coin (1004 E. Brady St.)

Another local short made good drops later this week, in Rolling Underground, an award-winning look at Milwaukee’s rich history of bowling alleys and bowlers.  The director, writer and producer will be on hand this Thursday to field questions and talk about their whirlwind experience creating this short in just a 48-hour window.  Check out the short for yourself below, and then go and meet its creators!

Friday, March 20: Pulp Fiction

Midnight @ Rosebud Cinema ($5!)

The midnight movie screening so nice they had to program it twice – Pulp Fiction is playing at the Rosebud this Friday at midnight.  As I said last week, it holds up quite nicely – check it out!

Friday, March 20: Deli Man, Do You Believe?, The Gunman and The Divergent Series: Insurgent all open in local release

Check local listings for showtimes/pricing

First up this Friday is Deli Man, a documentary portrait of the long history of delicatessens in America and a portrait of those special few who are still operating them to this very day.

If “from the creators of God’s Not Dead” isn’t warning enough (proud member of my “worst of 2014” family), then watch the trailer. Sean Astin appears to slip into the “horrible atheist caricature” spot previously held by Kevin Sorbo, we’ll just have to wait and see if he is killed in order to accept the Lord into his life as Sorbo was. It is worth nothing that this stars Brian Bosworth, star of the magnificent B-movie action pictures Stone Cold and One Man’s JusticeWatch that instead!

The Gunman has too good of a cast to be that bad!”

– Sentence that could be thrown in my face in four days time.

And finally we have The Divergent Series: Insurgent: Presented by Surge.  I was bored to tears by the first entry in this series, but this one doesn’t look like boring could be an applicable descriptor. They’ve thrown every Teen dystopian trick in the book at this one, making it look like Shailene Woodley is on a one woman quest to defenestrate any and all windows left in this post-apocalyptic future. I’ll have a review for this at the end of this week!

Sunday, March 22: Rear Window

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. @ numerous local Marcus Theater locations (check here for specific listings)

TCM presents one of Hitchcock’s very best (although to be fair, a list of his very best would probably end up in the vicinity of a baker’s dozen), featuring awesome performances from Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly and a near-perfect encapsulation of the voyeuristic experience that is watching a movie.



Tom Fuchs is a Milwaukee-based film writer whose early love for cinema has grown into a happy obsession. He graduated with honors in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has since focused on film criticism. He works closely with the Milwaukee Film Festival and has written reviews and ongoing columns for Milwaukee Magazine since 2012. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs at home (watching movies), taking day trips to Chicago (to see movies), and reading books (about movies). You can follow him on Twitter @tjfuchs or email him at tjfuchs@gmail.com.