While compiling a list of the best romantic movies, many of the titles I immediately shortlisted actually functioned as “anti-romantic” classics. And furthermore, many of the titles that were still technically lush, swooning depictions of starry-eyed bliss still retained elements of unrequited love.
It’s the week of Valentine’s, but I’m not sure if love is in this frigid, arctic air. While there’s certainly no lack of romantic films slated to play in the Twin Cities, there’s no real surplus of them either. And that’s cool with me.
When I say that “The LEGO Movie” is more subversive than anything Jean-Luc Godard put out after the mid-’60s, it’s because for there to be a subversion, you first have to ambush a group of people that weren’t planning on having their worldview altered.
For the last few years, I’ve pointed out that winning your Oscar pool in some ways depends on being smart about your selections in the short film categories. That everyone usually has a pretty solid idea of what’s going to win in the major races is mostly a given. Down ballot? A whole ‘nother ball game.
“Labor Day,” the new film from Jason Reitman and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, doesn’t reward cynics. In fact, it punishes them with doses of crusty homemade peach pie and baseball lessons from rough-hewn surrogate fatherhood.
I have to admit that I have not yet seen the movie that just topped the box office charts for the last two weeks running and is well on its way to being 2013’s first $100 million club honoree. Maybe I’ll redress that in the next week, maybe I’ll instead opt for the cold-weather comfort of awesome repertory and specialized programming.
There’s but one new wide release this weekend — the dank graphic novel version of “I, Frankenstein” starring a torqued Aaron Eckhart — and it’s not even screening for critics because, why bother? We’re knee-deep in the doldroms of the dump months of winter. What’s a “dump month,” you ask?
The Oscar nominations are out, and basically everything on the shortlist this year is in theaters for those who missed them up until this point. And there’s plenty of great new documentaries to catch on Netflix. If you’re all caught up, though, there are plenty of other options to keep you busy on this cold week.
The critics have spoken. The Golden Globes have been handed out. And the Oscar ballots have been in for a week now. The Academy Awards are unquestionably the Super Bowl of the entertainment world. Here are the people and films I expect to be nominated this year.
It’s never fun for critics to receive fresh and incontrovertible evidence of just how little their tastes matter, but this weekend was particularly rough. To see “Her” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” get unceremoniously pushed aside in favor of the noxious, bloodthirsty “Lone Survivor” is to know what it felt like for Carrie the moment she was doused in pig’s blood.
It’s a big weekend for 2013’s leftovers to reach flyover land, with no less than four Oscar hopefuls making their way into Twin Cities theaters. Here are brief reviews of “Her,” “August: Osage County,” “The Past” and “Lone Survivor.”
For about eight or nine weeks in a row during the dog days of summer, I’ll find myself typically opening this weekly rundown the with the exact same cliche, Groundhog Day-style: “The weather is hot, […]
Everything came in pairs this year at the movies. It was this evenly split field that inspired us to present our lists of the year’s best films side-by-side. Though our lists boast a number of different titles, one thing is certain: 2013 was one hell of a singular year at the movies.
It’s been a fantastic year, and there’s a lot of new films out there to catch. But if your New Year’s resolution is, like mine unto perpetuity, to see a bunch of older and/or more obscure movies, here are your best bets for the forthcoming week.
The last of the must-see movies I’m a tad ambivalent about myself — The Wolf of Wall Street — roars into theaters this Christmas. But many better bets await you in limited release and retrospective screenings, especially if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit.
Santa arrived early for film fans. No fewer than four big titles arrive in theaters this weekend in the Twin Cities (five if you’d rather go Walking with Dinosaurs), and each one of them probably counts as a “must see” in their own way. Here are brief reviews of all four.
Because studios apparently think that Oscar voters have the shortest of short-term memories, this week and next will see the release of literally dozens of movies that qualify as “must-sees” … or at the very least a dozen. This Friday, the Twin Cities gets three movies that are all in the conversation for best picture nominations.
If you were hoping to get into this week’s Sound Unseen showings of The Punk Singer at the Trylon, you’re out of luck. All of the shows are now sold out, proving once again you have to be quick to get into some of those ever-popular S.U. screenings. Otherwise, here are the five best bets for local-and-limited screenings this week.
Memo to those who haven’t seen “Blue is the Warmest Color” yet: the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning French drama’s engagement in the Twin Cities has been extended, and it’s now showing at the St. Anthony Main Theater. Otherwise, here are the five best bets for local-and-limited screenings this week.
Thanksgiving is one of if not the biggest moviegoing weekend of the year. Here are some brief thoughts on four of the movies that have just been released in the Twin Cities this week.
Chuck Logan still hadn’t seen the movie based on his novel when undergoing the media tour for “Homefront” a few weeks back. And he could barely contain his excitement about the prospect of seeing his work up on the silver screen.
Thanksgiving gives you the chance to reflect and reminisce. In that vein, here are four beloved movie options around town this week to ignite the warming bug of nostalgia … and one unforgettable turkey.
“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.”
“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.
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.