Just as there are people who love tuning into Super Bowl just to see what outlandish ways Dorito’s and Budweiser are going to advertise their products, there are many in the Twin Cities who annually look forward to trekking out to the Walker to pay for the privilege of watching commercials for an hour and a half.
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.
In The Great Beauty, director Paolo Sorrentino channels a Rome as classical and surreal as anything made by the great Golden Age master Federico Fellini. Within the first 15 minutes of Sorrentino’s latest, hints of the Italian titan’s La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2 flash before one’s memory, but this time in pulsing electric, rapturous colors.
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.
Despite the snow and the cold, the Twin Cities are a place many Africans call home, and those over at the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul decided to celebrate that fact with a festival called Images of Africa.
Are you ready to rock, Twin Cities? Hüsker Dü and The National are waiting in the wings to bookend the 2013 Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art festival, which opens today and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17.
This week sees the start of both the latest Sound Unseen, one of the most highly-anticipated annual events of the Twin Cities film and music scenes, as well as the astonishingly comprehensive Images of Africa festival at St. Anthony Main.
An astounding work of documentary film making, Let The Fire Burn uses only archival footage to tell the devastating story of Philadelphia’s 1985 police raid fiasco, which turned a working-class neighborhood into a fiery war zone, a living hell that claimed 11 lives, including those of five children.
I’ve been informed that many if not all of the screenings of “12 Years a Slave” at the Uptown Theatre were sold out this weekend, so I guess the first thing that should be on your movie checklist for the coming week would be that, if you weren’t among the lucky ones to snag a ticket.
“12 Years a Slave” is unquestionably an absolutely necessary corrective to any lingering sentiment regarding the antebellum Old South and, on a larger scale, the blood that lubricated the Great Experiment, so long as you believe no one is truly free unless everyone is.