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'Arabian Nights' At The Walker Art CenterIn the first part of his 6-hour, fantastical portrait of his native Portugal during “bread and water” austerity, director Miguel Gomes admits that the idea behind his fresh-cut trilogy might be the dumbest he’s ever had.
Predictions For The 2016 Oscar-Nominated ShortsHere's a look at what films are likely to take home Oscars in the animated and live action short categories.
'The Boy And The World' Is A Beautiful, Heavy ParableWith a gorgeous and evolving animation aesthetic that includes lush, crayon-drawn jungle landscapes and dada-like collages of animal machines, "The Boy and the World" is at once a vivid reflection on childhood and a sobering parable of economic disparities.
Tender And Unnerving, 'Lamb' Brings To Mind LolitaFor anyone who’s read Vladimir Nabokov’s ever-controversial “Lolita,” Ross Partridge’s “Lamb” will feel like familiar territory. Although the film is based off a different book by Bonnie Nadzam, its story of a man who basically abducts an 11-year-old girl on a journey to America’s heartland is gripping, lyrical and unnerving. What makes it so uncomfortable is that the work constantly asks you to wonder about love between a man and a child – and if such a love can ever be something other than morally atrocious.
Movie Blog: Top 10 Movies Of 2015What is film and what should it be? Those questions were tugging away as the subtext of myriad notable films in 2015, from Quentin Tarantino's heavily publicized analog push via the 70mm push accompanying The Hateful Eight's roadshow release all the way down to one of the most economically-produced movies of the year -- <em>Tangerine</em>.
‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ Is A Celebration Cinema, Hitch’s InfluenceHitchcock/Truffaut is a song of jubilee for that outstanding and unmistakable icon of American movie-making, Alfred Hitchcock. While Hitch is no doubt a creative and influential titan in the public mind today, it’s important to remember that this wasn’t always the case.
Love & War In The 2015 Arrows AwardsTo see the British Arrows Awards is to get a glimpse into the culture across the pond. This is true every year, as Minnesotans have seen the best of British ads at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for 29 years now, and the tradition is something of a holiday staple.
'Art Addict' & The Passions Of Peggy GuggenheimDespite the monetary connotations of her name, Peggy Guggenheim amassed one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world, and she did so without throwing tons of money around.
Style Is Substance In 'The Assassin'“The Assassin” is not a typical period piece kung fu movie. While on the surface it might look like Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” or “House of Flying Daggers,” the tone and substance of director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s work is far different. Instead of fantastical wire-fu fight scenes and kaleidoscopic melodrama, the focus here is highly tuned to visual composition, landscape and lyrical story-telling.
Simon Pegg’s Date Goes Horribly Wrong, Hilariously Right In 'Man Up'Think of Simon Pegg in a romantic Judd Apatow film, and that’s pretty much what’s going on in “Man Up,” a goofy yet endearing English comedy making its way stateside this month.
Cine Latino Bringing Fresh Spanish Films To St. Anthony Main 'Tis the season to explore via cinema. Sound Unseen was here last week, bringing Twin Cities audiences music-based films, and this week the Film Society of MinneapolisSt. Paul is hosting Cine Latino, an annual showcase of new works in Spanish-language cinema.
Sound Unseen 2015 Highlights: Reviews In BriefThe Sound Unseen film festival launches this Wednesday, again bringing music-lovers in Minnesota insight into artists both obsurce and beloved, histories of creative titans and audio visionaries, and examples of how art can change the world.

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