“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.
The trailer above is for Wampler’s Ascent, a film following Steve Wampler, who has cerebral palsy, as he does some 20,000 pull-ups to conquer the 3,000 foot face of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. Part determination doc, part nature flick, the film is just the thing you’d want to kick off the Twin Cities’ inaugural Reel Abilities film festival: five days of inspiring stories and profound insights into realities not often explored in today’s cinema.
If you’re looking to get your guts turned inside out with fear leading up to Halloween, there are a few options around town you can take advantage of. (Also, if you’d rather stay home and get scared, I have a few suggestions for films to rent both old and new.)
Eran Riklis’ Zaytoun tells the odd-couple story of an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian boy as they journey through peril and personal prejudice toward home and eventually friendship. It’s a promising concept — just watch the trailer above — but Riklis doesn’t get the better of it. Instead, the film flounders in a muddled tone and that muck of mucks: sentimentalism.
So you’ve seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, and Poltergeist dozens of times, and you’re thinking of popping one of them back in for some festive Halloween viewing. There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s […]
This Saturday is Make a Difference Day, which organizers call the “largest national day of community service,” with millions of volunteers worldwide working together to help someone in need. One local person who has been striving to make a difference on a daily basis is Allan Law.
Much like comedy, horror is one of the most subjectively-received movie genres out there. Just as you can’t really argue what people think is or isn’t funny, it’s difficult to convince anyone that they’re not scared if they’re squeezing the blood right out of your closest thigh.
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.
There are two ways of looking at the great boxer. One has only to do with us, the American public; and the other has to do with him: the man, the fighter, the political and spiritual figure. Siegel’s film takes the latter approach, showing that the heavyweight champion’s most grueling fights weren’t ever in the ring.
Brian De Palma’s 1976 version of Stephen King’s Carrie is not just one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It’s also one of the most empathetic. So the question then becomes: Why? Why would you ever think you could top that benchmark?
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.
There is a refrain, almost a mantra shared between the two leads in Paul Greengrass’s (United 93) new docudrama Captain Phillips, which depicts the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first U.S. ship to have been seized by pirates in over two centuries.
First vampires, and now I’m tackling zombies. Which is fitting, of course … not just because it’s October (a month during which not only I but many of my friends seem to just watch as many horror movies as we can muster), but also because this weekend brings the annual Zombie Pub Crawl to Minneapolis’ West Bank once again.
If you’re searching for something a little smaller-scale or niche than “Gravity” (which you should still totally see if you haven’t already, because it’s easily one of the year’s greatest movies), here are this week’s other best movie bets around town.
Two other fellow Twin Cities movie critics who screened “Gravity” with me a few weeks ago went to the second press screening last week. I cannot wait to see it a second time myself.