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Movie Blog: Right Here, Right Meow

How did the old song go? “The cat came back the very next day.” After spending a year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the venerable Internet Cat Video Festival is returning to its initial digs on the hill just outside of the Walker Art Center.

08/14/2014

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Movie Blog: Top 10 Football Movies Ever

With preseason games in full effect, we thought it would be worth taking a look at some of the best the genre has to offer and were shocked (shocked!) to find so many candidates out there. We whittled from a list of roughly two dozen legitimate contenders the following 10.

08/13/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Heroes in a half shell are indeed a bodaciously tempting offer, but if the rest of the month is looking pretty anemic for new movie offerings on a mass scale, maybe you’d like to scale down and sample one of these options?

08/12/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s absolutely, unquestionably official. This summer blockbuster season is a bust on almost every conceivable level. And you know what I have to say about that? Yay.

07/29/2014

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Curiocity: Q&A With Helen Anker, Guthrie’s ‘Eliza Doolittle’

Few shows need less introduction than “My Fair Lady.” Small wonder few seats are available at the Guthrie Theater, where British actress Helen Anker is charming Higgins and crowds alike as the effervescent Eliza Doolittle. WCCO had the chance to speak with Anker. Here are some excerpts.

07/22/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Apologies for my absence last week. I could lie and say I was out busy watching all the new movies in theaters, but in actuality, I spent a lot of the last week nursing a cold and watching clips from my favorite movies on Blu-ray as part of my medicinal routine.

07/15/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Picnics with hot dogs, fireworks with sparklers, miniature American flags with parades. They’re all fine and dandy, but don’t you want to catch some of the explosively entertaining options available at area movie theaters this long holiday weekend?

07/01/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This week’s list of the best screenings around town features at least a couple movies I’m not very fond of, actually. I hope that you take this as a mark of my own possibly hopeless attempts to remain objective about what people might consider the “best bets.”

06/24/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Want a special advance screening of the latest from director Clint Eastwood? Jersey Boys (adapted from the hit Broadway musical) is showing at the Showplace ICON this Tuesday on the eve of it’s Friday opening, and WCCO Radio has tickets to give away.

06/16/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you are one of the two or three teen girls who did not catch “The Fault of Our Stars” on opening night, all reports from the box office suggest you probably need to redress that situation as soon as you can. And bring plenty of tissue.

06/09/2014

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Movie Blog: Top 10 Summer Blockbusters Ever

For movie fans, there are two distinct seasons: awards season and summer. Some people consider them the respective high and low points of the year. These people are killjoys.

06/09/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Yes, we’re now in June, the primetime for summer offerings. Every weekend brings at least one hopeful blockbuster, if not a few. This weekend was all about Maleficent, but the rest of the month more or less belongs to the men. Or does it?

06/02/2014

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Curiocity: ‘Sister Act’ Nuns Are Still Cute As Sin

I’m not Catholic, and I am no longer an aspiring nun, so I have no real knowledge of what vows those entering the convent are supposed to take before pledging their lives to God’s service. But I would have to assume that one of them is the vow of modesty.

05/28/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’m not exactly surprised to see the box office receipts for this holiday weekend. Specifically, I’m not surprised to see that Godzilla is off by 77 percent of its opening weekend totals.

05/26/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Too often I tie your decision on whether or not you should catch a limited-release or repertory screening in the Twin Cities based solely on the weather. For much of the last year or two, that’s been a winning bet on my part, with two endless winters and stifling summers.

05/19/2014

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Movie Blog: Why Do We Need To See Godzilla Early?

“Because the movie’s called Godzilla!” That’s what I’ve heard a number of times already from some audience members and critics who felt shortchanged by the amount of screen time given to the indomitable Gojira.

05/16/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’ll give you five good reasons to check out a movie this week. I’m not talking about the titles I mention below. I’m talking about the cold and/or cloudy weather predicted for Monday through Friday this week.

05/12/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Neighbors’ — #TeamFrat Or #TeamFamily

I couldn’t help but wonder what the outcome of their conflict would have been had they put their violence urges on ice and instead submitted themselves into an epic series of fraternity Olympics.

05/09/2014

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Movie Blog: Worst Movie Mothers Ever

As much as I loved counting down the top movie mothers of all time … counting down the 10 worst is just more fun. I have no idea what that means in the long run, but in any case, here is a poison pen letter to cinema’s mothers we all love to hate.

05/09/2014

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Movie Blog: Best Movie Mothers Ever

Before, I counted down the top 10 worst movie mothers of all time. Now a list of the greatest mothers in all movie history, because there’s never a bad day to pay tribute to mothers, right?

05/08/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Series boasting films both old and new continue this week at the Riverview, the Trylon and the Walker, but one of the most exciting new additions to the Twin Cities film scene this week is a movie that’s older than your great-grandmother. Read on.

05/05/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Next Look’ Q&A With Walker Film Curator

More often than not, it takes at least six months to a year (if not longer) for festival movies to arrive in the Twin Cities, especially given all the titles distributors hold onto until Oscar season kicks into high gear.

05/01/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Missing Picture’ A Haunted Document

. In his new documentary, Rithy Panh tries exorcise memories he knows all too well, though much of the evidence was lost in the chaos surrounding him. But the figurines in the spotlight of “The Missing Picture” are in no form an escape from reality.

04/25/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I bet you thought I was going to issue a postmortem on the 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, right? After all, Saturday night was the closing night. Oh, no. Closing night is only the beginning. Now’s the time to double back to catch all the audience favorites you missed the first time around!

04/21/2014

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 17: ‘Dom Hemingway’ Director Q&A

Sometimes it takes months and months for movies that play the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival to show up in general release in the Twin Cities. Even more often, films from the festival roster don’t show up again at all. And then every once in awhile an MSPIFF selection pops into theaters in a matter of days.

04/19/2014

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