Paul Giamatti

(credit: Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Pretty But Troubled: ‘Madame Bovary’ Reviewed

While the most recent adaptation of “Madame Bovary” is no doubt pretty, director Sophie Barthes’ take on the classic Flaubert novel doesn’t quite feel like anything more than a bookish period piece. The dialogue is too flowery, the performances are mixed at best, and the film appears to be addicted to swooning over its delicate piano soundtrack.

06/30/2015

(credit: Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul)

Movie Blog: Bill Pohlad’s ‘Love & Mercy’ To Close Out MSPIFF 2015

Bill Pohlad, known for producing such powerful films as 12 Years a Slave, Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain, will have a director credit on a film slated to cap off this year’s Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

02/04/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘John Dies At The End’ Review, Director Q & A

“John Dies at the End” is hard to follow, and to enjoy.

03/08/2013

George Clooney

Movie Blog: Boys And Their Toys

If games can be considered toys, then the Machiavellian machinations at the heart of the new political thriller The Ides of March are like holding a primary election at Children’s Palace. And the results are not particularly less juvenile than the father-son quality time at the heart of the mostly moronic Real Steel.

10/07/2011

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Movie Blog: ‘Win Win’ So-So

Director Thomas McCarthy, whose new film Win-Win is currently playing at Uptown Theater, isn’t from Minnesota, but spent some of his formative collegiate time here in the Twin Cities.

04/04/2011

Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver embrace in "Barney's Version." (credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Movie Blog: Giamatti Redeems ‘Barney’s Version’

It isn’t uncommon for a novel to hold the seed of a great movie – no doubt you’ve already thought of an example. Unfortunately, it also isn’t uncommon for a novel to morph into an awkward, bloated or lackluster movie.

02/11/2011