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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s never fun for critics to receive fresh and incontrovertible evidence of just how little their tastes matter, but this weekend was particularly rough. To see “Her” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” get unceremoniously pushed aside in favor of the noxious, bloodthirsty “Lone Survivor” is to know what it felt like for Carrie the moment she was doused in pig’s blood.

01/13/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Because studios apparently think that Oscar voters have the shortest of short-term memories, this week and next will see the release of literally dozens of movies that qualify as “must-sees” … or at the very least a dozen. This Friday, the Twin Cities gets three movies that are all in the conversation for best picture nominations.

12/16/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you were hoping to get into this week’s Sound Unseen showings of The Punk Singer at the Trylon, you’re out of luck. All of the shows are now sold out, proving once again you have to be quick to get into some of those ever-popular S.U. screenings. Otherwise, here are the five best bets for local-and-limited screenings this week.

12/09/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

11/19/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.

10/14/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With “Prisoners” last week, “Rush” and “Enough Said” this week and “Gravity” next week, we’re definitely in the full thick of the fall moviegoing season. But if you look beyond the high-profile, you’ll find just as much waiting out there in limited release.

09/23/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you’ve already had your fill of bad luck as of late, then maybe one of these other five suggestions might bring you some good fortune. One of them is at least sure to provide your bare walls with some attractive covering.

09/16/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

First off, you know you have to celebrate the arrival of Friday the 13th this week by checking out the Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part 2 double feature at the Parkway Theater […]

09/09/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

New releases are a little thin for the next few weeks, and on the whole, the month of September is traditionally one of the least well-stocked of the year. What better time than now to get reacquainted with some of the best limited release theaters in the area?

09/02/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

“The Butler” scored a #1 berth in its debut week in theaters, which means the summer movie season is more or less officially over. In that vein, there’s a bunch of serious (and seriously humorous) screening options around town this week.

08/19/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Quite a few new interesting new offerings are seeing full release over the next week or two. Here is a list of some of the best limited release options you’ll want to check out this week.

08/05/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s Pride Week in the Twin Cities, and LGBT themes pop up in at least a few of the next seven days’ worth of recommended screenings. Here are your best bets for the week.

06/24/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The hits just keep coming. Upstream Color is being brought back for an encore run at the St. Anthony Main Theater on Friday, along with another pair of specialty draws. The Heights continues its dazzling Hollywood extravaganza. The Walker’s got a couple of can’t-miss arty attractions.

05/14/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

There’s something wicked in the air. Nearly all of my suggested best bets for Twin Cities film fans are either horror movies or arty interpolations of horror tropes or dissertations on the variety to be found within the genre.

05/06/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 18: ‘Papadopoulos & Sons’

‘Papadopoulos & Sons’ – a British comedy about Greek immigrants – was a surprise hit in its home country. But ‘Sons’ takes a more subtle route than that other surprise hit comedy about an overweight, Hellenic wedding.

04/28/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: ‘Ape’

Young comedian Trevor Newandyke doesn’t find much success on stage, or in any area of his life. His only pleasures include listening to his Walkman, watching daytime TV and indulging in pyromania.

04/25/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 13: ‘Minnesota Narrative Shorts’

It seems the Minnesota shorts programs get richer or at least fuller with each passing year. There were no less than three programs this year, and that’s just to cover the narrative features. Here are […]

04/23/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 11: ‘Hannah Arendt’

The phrase “the banality of evil” has been tossed around a few times during the last week, once the social network took a glimpse at the purported Twitter account of the 19-year-old suspected in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

04/21/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 9: ‘Antiviral’

Canadian auteur David Cronenberg spent most of his career honing an idiosyncratic brand of cinema, label by critics as “body horror.” With films like “Videodrome” and “The Fly,” many of Cronenberg’s protagonists found themselves fighting an enemy within themselves, and usually with putrid and dire outcomes.

04/19/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 8: ‘Informant’

Remember the RNC Welcoming Committee? That group of self-described anarchists who were caught supposedly planning to shatter Molotov cocktails at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul?

04/18/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 7: ‘Piazza Fontana’

Marco Tullio Giordana’s The Best of Youth was one of the most impressive historical dramas of the last decade that just happened to be covering a period many people in Italy themselves lived through.

04/17/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 6: ‘The Fifth Season’

When a small Belgium town holds its annual festival to chase away winter with a bonfire, the citizens find it impossible to light their ample kindling. But stranger things await the town in The Fifth Season, a gorgeously filmed gem by husband and wife directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.

04/16/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The Twin Cities has no shortage of movie options this week. Seriously, dozens and dozens of films are screening at the international film festival in Minneapolis, and even if you’re not in the mood for foreign fare, there’s some really wonderful movies playing in local theaters.

04/15/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 4: ‘Augustine’

Augustine is the second movie in the past three years to deal with the long-discredited disease referred to as “female hysteria” – used as the go-to diagnosis for many mental and physical health problems suffered by women in the 18th and 19th centuries.

04/14/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Spring is still beaucoup tardy to the party, so keep those board shorts on ice and head out to a local movie house to catch one of these off-the-beaten-path screening options this week.

03/25/2013

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