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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Now that the long Oscar season nightmare is finally over, it’s time to sing “Auld Lang Syne” and enjoy the best of what’s playing locally. And let me tell you, the floodgates are open, first and foremost not one but two foreign film festivals.

03/03/2014

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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: 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: 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: 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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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With “Prisoners” last week, “Rush” and “Enough Said” this week and “Gravity” next week, we’re definitely in the full thick of the fall moviegoing season. But if you look beyond the high-profile, you’ll find just as much waiting out there in limited release.

09/23/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

You know how it goes when you get back from vacation … you have twice as much on your plate as you did when you left. The maxim holds true for movies as well.

08/12/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Quite a few new interesting new offerings are seeing full release over the next week or two. Here is a list of some of the best limited release options you’ll want to check out this week.

08/05/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Some of you saw “Pacific Rim” last weekend. More of you saw “Grown Ups 2.” Only one of those two groups chose wisely, but odds are pretty good that neither group caught the best limited screenings around town.

07/15/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

We’re rapidly approaching the summer solstice. I’d like to hope that means there will be a lot of outdoor patio cocktails with people fanning themselves to beat the heat, but let’s be honest. This year is no normal year.

06/17/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Misfits, geeks and freaks are taking over Twin Cities screens this week, first and foremost the patron saint of all three demographics: Crispin Glover. Check out my list of the five best bets for local movie screenings during the next seven days.

06/03/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

June is just around the corner, and with it comes the arrival of LGBT Pride Month. At least two or three of the choices I highlight below could arguably be said to assist in getting in the spirit of the festivities, though admittedly only one is explicit about it.

05/27/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Alright, now you can afford to take a small breath. May is just about here, and the behemoth MSPIFF has finally drawn to a close.

04/29/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Well, the snow is back once again, so for at least one more week you can expect to not be spending much time enjoying the great outdoors, unless you’ve got a pair of snowshoes. For everyone else, there’s always a heated movie theater.

03/04/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Allow me to pretend to be the first to say, “Finally!” The endless Oscar season is over and now we can all turn our eyes back on the object the highly distracting awards were supposedly engineered to highlight.

02/25/2013

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