'Microbe And Gasoline' Not As Fantastic As You'd ThinkFilmmaker Michel Gondry, known for his hyper-inventive visual style in movies like "The Science of Sleep" and "Mood Indigo", is back with a new work on boyhood and friendship, but his latest looks quite a bit different than the produced-to-the-hilt movies for which he is known – and, at least for me, appreciated. The difference is so great it’s as if the director has challenged himself to take his imagination out of the poetry-and-props clouds and place it into an environment that’s earthier, a realm in which the hints of realism could grow.
'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' Is Indie Fare For The FamilyOne of the directors of last year’s excellent vampire mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows" is back with a more family-friendly film about a chubby New Zealand kid finding his place in the world by fleeing the cops in the bush for months on end. Taika Waititi’s "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," while not as funny or original as his monster mash, is consistently amusing and filled with enough laughs to make its formulaic plot points easy to overlook.
'Music of Strangers' Melds Traditions, Explores Culture"Music of Strangers" is much more than a film on a superstar world music ensemble.
'The Wailing' Gets By On Epic Weirdness"The Wailing" is a hysterical and strange South Korean epic that tries to be both a horror movie and a thriller, and one could argue that, for the first hour or so, it wants to be a dark comedy as well.
Film Playing During Pride Highlights 'How Love Won' In Minnesota"How Love Won: The Fight For Marriage Equality In Minnesota" powerfully highlights the historic defeat of the proposed marriage amendment in 2012 and the subsequent legalization of gay marriage soon after.
Omnitheater Film Celebrates 100 Years Of National Park ServiceThis year marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, and the Science Museum of Minnesota is celebrating the occasion all summer with an Omnitheater film that takes viewers mountain biking in Utah, hiking in Yellowstone and ice climbing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Love Kung Fu Films? Don't Miss The Newly Restored 'Dragon Inn'Those with a taste for history and a love of kung fu films are in for a treat as King Hu’s groundbreaking "Dragon Inn" has been newly restored and is coming to Minneapolis’ Lagoon Cinema this weekend.
'Sunset Song' Review"Sunset Song" is a deeply poetic period piece that struggles with consistency. At times, director Terence Davies, a filmmaker not unused to delving into history, captures an intimate or troubling moment in a way that can only be described as brilliant. Other times, however, his latest work devolves into something too melodic, too weepy, and almost melodramatic.
Uptown Theatre Celebrating 100th Anniversary With Classic Movie WeekThe iconic Uptown Theatre is kicking off its 100th anniversary celebration this weekend with screenings of classic films like "Seven Samurai," "King Kong" and "Citizen Kane."
Family Faces Zombie Apocalypse In 'What We Become'"What We Become" is a Danish zombie flick in which no zombies are seen for most of the tense, 80-minute movie. Instead, filmmaker Bo Mikkelsen focuses on how a small family fares during the first few days of the viral outbreak and the collapse of civil society.
'The Invitation' Is An Engrossing Psychological ThrillerThe moodiness is real in Karyn Kusama’s unnerving psychological thriller, "The Invitation." Brilliantly, the filmmaker taps into the weirdness inherent in those coastal-growing, pseudo-scientific lifestyles and shows us an L.A. dinner party that’s a nightmare on multiple levels.
'High-Rise' Is Hit-Or-Miss But Undeniably Fun"High-Rise" is a mixed bag, to be sure, but there’s something thrilling, even intoxicating, about sharing in the fun you know the filmmaker is having.