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Movie Blog: ‘Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case’ Review 

In April 2011, Ai Weiwei — the Chinese artist who helped design the Beijing “bird’s nest” Olympic stadium and who filled London’s Tate Modern with 8 million sunflower seeds — was arrested by authorities in his home country. They held him in detention for nearly three months on what later turned out to be tax fraud charges. After that, they placed their most prominent international artist on house arrest. This is where Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen’s documentary The Fake Case starts. The beloved, world-renowned creator is leaving the very grip of the authorities’ intimidation chamber, and he’s rattled — not talking to international press, keeping quiet. Something’s wrong.

06/27/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This week’s list of the best screenings around town features at least a couple movies I’m not very fond of, actually. I hope that you take this as a mark of my own possibly hopeless attempts to remain objective about what people might consider the “best bets.”

06/24/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Want a special advance screening of the latest from director Clint Eastwood? Jersey Boys (adapted from the hit Broadway musical) is showing at the Showplace ICON this Tuesday on the eve of it’s Friday opening, and WCCO Radio has tickets to give away.

06/16/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Night Moves’ Review 

Brooding, tense, and disturbingly quiet: “Night Moves” feels strangely like a thriller despite its slow, steady burn. It’s like watching the last embers in a fire pit. The flames are low, yet there’s a strange power in the wood’s hypnotic, pulsing glow.

06/13/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you are one of the two or three teen girls who did not catch “The Fault of Our Stars” on opening night, all reports from the box office suggest you probably need to redress that situation as soon as you can. And bring plenty of tissue.

06/09/2014

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Movie Blog: Top 10 Summer Blockbusters Ever

For 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.

06/09/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘The Dance Of Reality’ Review

It’s been 23 years since Alejandro Jodorowsky, the filmmaker whose El Topo sparked the midnight movie craze in the early ’70s, made a film. And although the playwright, actor, author, musician, and spiritual guru is 85, his latest, The Dance of Reality, is just as dazzling and unforgettable as the titles that earned him his wings as the patron saint of cult cinema.

06/06/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Yes, we’re now in June, the primetime for summer offerings. Every weekend brings at least one hopeful blockbuster, if not a few. This weekend was all about Maleficent, but the rest of the month more or less belongs to the men. Or does it?

06/02/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Young And Beautiful’ Review

Why the hell is she doing this? — That’s the question you’ll likely be asking yourself throughout Young and Beautiful, a film focused on the sexual adventures of a devastatingly beautiful girl.

05/30/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’m not exactly surprised to see the box office receipts for this holiday weekend. Specifically, I’m not surprised to see that Godzilla is off by 77 percent of its opening weekend totals.

05/26/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘The German Doctor’ Review 

“The German Doctor”, a film by Argentinian filmmaker Lucía Puenzo, is a psychologically challenging drama in which a heinous Nazi war criminal hiding in South America attaches himself to a family and spin them into his web of cold, calculated misery.

05/23/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Too often I tie your decision on whether or not you should catch a limited-release or repertory screening in the Twin Cities based solely on the weather. For much of the last year or two, that’s been a winning bet on my part, with two endless winters and stifling summers.

05/19/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Blue Ruin’ Review

Blue Ruin is a great American revenge movie, because it doesn’t play out like most great revenge movies. In it, the target — the villain who must die, the object of the hero’s obsession — is confronted and dealt with before we even have a good grasp on who the hero is, or what’s going on. As such, the focus is on the aftermath: the consequences of killing, of eye-for-an-eye justice. And amid all the bloodshed and dark humor is a message about violence in America, I’m just not sure what it is yet.

05/16/2014

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Movie Blog: Why Do We Need To See Godzilla Early?

“Because the movie’s called Godzilla!” That’s what I’ve heard a number of times already from some audience members and critics who felt shortchanged by the amount of screen time given to the indomitable Gojira.

05/16/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’ll give you five good reasons to check out a movie this week. I’m not talking about the titles I mention below. I’m talking about the cold and/or cloudy weather predicted for Monday through Friday this week.

05/12/2014

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