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Movie Blog: ‘Catching Fire’ Belatedly Ignites Film Franchise

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” may not be a great movie in and of itself, but it at least justifies the series’ prominent position within current pop cultural discourse. It certainly lives up to its role as the series’ “Empire Strikes Back.”

11/21/2013

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Movie Blog: Q&A With 2 ‘Catching Fire’ Tributes

“Pandemonium, excitement.” “A lot of energy. A lot of 12-year-old girls crying.” That’s what Bruno Gunn and Meta Golding respectively say their lives have been filled with ever since they embarked on their press tour for “Catching Fire.” You can hardly blame them for perhaps overstating the case.

11/20/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

We are in the 100 percent thick of the year-end prestige madness. Already, I’ve been carted off to the snake pit twice this month over the sheer number of long-deferred must-see titles that are suddenly and simultaneously available. The mind boggles, but the cinephile rejoices.

11/19/2013

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Movie Blog: Highlights Of ‘Images Of Africa’ Film Festival

Despite the snow and the cold, the Twin Cities are a place many Africans call home, and those over at the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul decided to celebrate that fact with a festival called Images of Africa.

11/15/2013

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Movie Blog: Highlights From 2013 ‘Sound Unseen’

Are you ready to rock, Twin Cities? Hüsker Dü and The National are waiting in the wings to bookend the 2013 Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art festival, which opens today and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17.

11/13/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This week sees the start of both the latest Sound Unseen, one of the most highly-anticipated annual events of the Twin Cities film and music scenes, as well as the astonishingly comprehensive Images of Africa festival at St. Anthony Main.

11/12/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’ve been informed that many if not all of the screenings of “12 Years a Slave” at the Uptown Theatre were sold out this weekend, so I guess the first thing that should be on your movie checklist for the coming week would be that, if you weren’t among the lucky ones to snag a ticket.

11/04/2013

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Movie Blog: ’12 Years A Slave’ A Tough Look At America’s Past

“12 Years a Slave” is unquestionably an absolutely necessary corrective to any lingering sentiment regarding the antebellum Old South and, on a larger scale, the blood that lubricated the Great Experiment, so long as you believe no one is truly free unless everyone is.

11/01/2013

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Movie Blog: Horrific Local Screenings For Halloween

If you’re looking to get your guts turned inside out with fear leading up to Halloween, there are a few options around town you can take advantage of. (Also, if you’d rather stay home and get scared, I have a few suggestions for films to rent both old and new.)

10/30/2013

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Movie Blog: 10 Best Horror Films From The Last 5 Years

So you’ve seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, and Poltergeist dozens of times, and you’re thinking of popping one of them back in for some festive Halloween viewing. There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s […]

10/25/2013

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Movie Blog: Q&A With Director Of Hunger-Fighting Doc

This Saturday is Make a Difference Day, which organizers call the “largest national day of community service,” with millions of volunteers worldwide working together to help someone in need. One local person who has been striving to make a difference on a daily basis is Allan Law.

10/24/2013

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Movie Blog: The 10 Scariest Movies Ever

Much like comedy, horror is one of the most subjectively-received movie genres out there. Just as you can’t really argue what people think is or isn’t funny, it’s difficult to convince anyone that they’re not scared if they’re squeezing the blood right out of your closest thigh.

10/22/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Halloween weekend elect is upon us. So don’t even pretend you want to see anything other than blood, bones, gore and mayhem. Here are the best options for repertory and limited-release entertainment this week.

10/21/2013

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Movie Blog: Creepy ‘Carrie’ Gets A Pointless Remake

Brian De Palma’s 1976 version of Stephen King’s Carrie is not just one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It’s also one of the most empathetic. So the question then becomes: Why? Why would you ever think you could top that benchmark?

10/18/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Thirty-one days of horror continue this week, with a couple irresistible Halloween-friendly titles screening in local repertory houses. But it’s not all ghost, goblins and electrically-charged prototypes for Marge Simpson’s hairstyle.

10/14/2013

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