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Movie Blog: Top 5 Oscar Highlights, Lowlights

The thing about throwing an Oscar party — even an impromptu, informal one — is that it’s really tough to actually keep track of the show itself, what with making the cocktails and distributing the ballots and tipping the pizza delivery person.

03/03/2014

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Movie Blog: Your 2014 Oscar Pool Cheat Sheet

It’s not exactly the mirror opposite of the situation we had last year at the Academy Awards, but most pundits seem to agree that whereas last year’s best picture frontrunner Argo left the best director […]

02/27/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s your last chance to sneak in screenings of the Oscar-nominated movies. The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday evening and then we can all put this months-long nightmare behind us. Here are some treats you might want to catch to give yourself a break from the Oscar madness.

02/24/2014

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Movie Blog: 5 Best Movies For A Snowbound Day

You’ve seen the latest forecast. You know that snow’s coming. Maybe not quite enough to leave you entirely cut off from civilization, but certainly enough to leave you unwilling to leave the house. So why not check out one of these five frigid masterpieces?

02/19/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Stray along the road less traveled and check out this week’s best bets among limited release and repertory screenings.

02/17/2014

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Movie Blog: Top Most Romantic Movies (And The Least)

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.

02/13/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

02/10/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘LEGO Movie’ Incredibly Well Constructed

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.

02/07/2014

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Movie Blog: Predictions For Oscar-Nominated Shorts

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.

01/31/2014

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Movie Blog: Q&A With ‘Labor Day’ Author Joyce Maynard

“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.

01/29/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

01/27/2014

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Movie Blog: Movies Surprisingly Released In Winter ‘Dump Months’

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?

01/23/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

01/20/2014

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Movie Blog: Oscar Nomination Predictions

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.

01/14/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

01/13/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Her,’ ‘August,’ ‘The Past’ Reviewed In Brief

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.”

01/10/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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, […]

01/06/2014

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Movie Blog: Top 10 Movies Of 2013

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.

12/31/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

12/30/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

12/23/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Anchorman,’ ‘Hustle,’ ‘Llewyn’ Reviewed

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.

12/20/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

12/16/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

12/09/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

12/02/2013

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Movie Blog: Thanksgiving New Releases In Brief

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.

11/29/2013

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