Movie Blog: This Week’s Best BetsIt’s August already. How is that even possible? Any day now, you’ll be seeing back-to-school shopping displays at Target and planning out a visit to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Already that nostalgia for summer is welling up as the nights get increasingly cooler. Already I’m drinking beers on rooftops and patios wondering how many of these I’ll have before the leaves start falling and the sun goes down with the workday.
This Week’s Best Bets: 'Barbarella' In Loring Park, Robin Williams' Final FilmIt’s the dog days of summer, and there’s a bunch of great cinema to experience in the Twin Cities.
Movie Blog: This Week’s Best BetsSomehow, summer is halfway over. That being said, you should probably spend as much time as possible out enjoying the warm season on a lake or a patio.
10 Best Summer Blockbusters EverFor movie fans, there are two distinct seasons: awards season and summer. Some people consider them the respective high and low points of the year. These people are killjoys. Though Hollywood studios’ continuing habit for holding their most “important” releases until November and December grates, at least the payoff is some of the finest, biggest dumb entertainment that obscene budgets can buy. There’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, as the ten movies I feature here prove.
'Cartel Land' Is A Brave Look At The Drug War; J.Lo Adds Nothing To 'Lila And Eve'Questions about vigilantism are at the heart of Cartel Land, a gripping documentary on the people risking their lives taking a stand against Mexican drug cartels on both sides of the border. Directed by Matthew Heineman, whose camerawork is athletic and fearless, the movie unfolds like a blockbuster action flick, not unlike executive producer Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty. The film starts in Mexico, in the dead of night, with masked men cooking meth, explaining that while the drugs might wreak havoc in America, it’s the only way for them to escape poverty. What choice do they have?
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsWith the holiday weekend come and gone, perhaps there’s a bit more free time in your schedule for movies. If that’s the case, you may want to check out the Walker Art Center’s Summer Nights/Cool Cinema series, which starts this week.
Stunning & Enigmatic: 'About Elly' ReviewedEmotionally explosive and wonderfully amorphous, "About Elly" is a 2009 film out of Iran getting its well-deserved release in the U.S. just now. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi ("A Separation", "The Past"), the film is a naturalistic drama that could easily be described as a thriller. Its characters are believable and mysterious, and the film highlights, to Western eyes, the weight honor holds in cultures built around it.
Movie Blog: 10 Best Fireworks SequencesIt's the Fourth of July, which means fireworks displays galore. But if you happen to be stuck inside this evening, you'll probably want to take in a great display via a classic movie. These are 10 of the top best scenes involving fireworks in movie history.
Mesmerizing & Frustrating: 'The Wolfpack' ReviewedThe "Wolfpack" raises far more questions than it answers, and that’s both why the documentary is so compelling and, at the same time, somewhat frustrating.
Movie Blog: 10 Best Movie Fathers Ever
Movie Blog: 10 Worst Movie Fathers EverThough I found myself struggling to come up with a shortlist of candidates as compelling as the collection that formed the distaff side, the horror genre alone ensured that there would be no shortage of contenders.
'Live From New York', 'The Farewell Party' ReviewedA history of "Saturday Night Live" that isn’t afraid to dive into the show’s issues of diversity and identity, "Live From New York" is a compelling and effectively moving portrait of a program than in 40 years has gone from being an avant-garde game-changer to an American institution.