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Movie Blog: Highlights From 2013 ‘Sound Unseen’

Are you ready to rock, Twin Cities? Hüsker Dü and The National are waiting in the wings to bookend the 2013 Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art festival, which opens today and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17.


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Movie Blog: ‘Little White Lies’

Who’s game for a French film reminiscent of 1983’s “The Big Chill”? Does anyone under 50 even remember “The Big Chill”? Oh well.



Movie Blog: Bobcat Goldthwait’s ‘God Bless America’

Do you hate American media and pop culture? I mean really hate it? Well so does comedian/director Bobcat Goldthwait.


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Movie Blog: ‘Tribe’ Doc Not On Point; Nor Is ‘Help’

I think I speak for fellow fans of rap legends A Tribe Called Quest when I say that news of the much-deserved documentary on the seminal group was both exciting, and cringe-creating.


Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life." (credit: Fox Searchlight)

Movie Blog: ‘Tree Of Life’ Visually Astonishing

Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” is one of the most unusual film epics ever created, both in scope and intention.


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Movie Blog: ‘The Room’ Is New Midnight Movie King

What distinguishes a mere cult movie from a midnight movie?


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Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: ‘Stake Land’

The second to last night of MSPIFF bites … in a post-apocalyptic vampire kinda way.


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Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlights: ‘Journey,’ ‘Useful Life’

“Journey of a Dream” is a fantastic exploration of the Tibetan diaspora and the movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation. “A Useful Life” is droning, relentless, somewhat boring.


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Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: Int’l Shorts

International Narrative Shorts serves up four films between ten and thirty minutes in length, with genres ranging from family drama to supernatural horror.


Peter Stormare holds court in "Small Town Murder Songs." (credit: Visit Films)

Movie Blog MSPIFF Spotlight: ‘Murder Songs’

Part of me wants to sum up “Small Town Murder Songs” as “Fargo” without the funny or the quirky, but that would be harsh.


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Movie Blog: Assayas’ Ambition Fuels ‘Carlos’

Rounding out the Walker Art Center’s October retrospective of French director Olivier Assayas is his most recent work — a 5 and 1/2 hour television miniseries about notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal — simply titled Carlos.


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Movie Blog: ‘Jackass’ Flings Nasty Things At You

The infectious idiocy of Jackass flourishes in 3D, truly the wisest route to embark on for a successful but weary franchise. And the weariness is visible in the eyes of most of the group. The […]


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Movie Blog: ‘Catfish’ This Year’s Best Surprise

The element of surprise is vital to good storytelling, but seems harder and harder to come by in the cinema of the early 21st century. We’ve become accustomed to movie trailers and commercials that consistently and shamelessly divulge all the good bits, and even major plot twists before we even buy a ticket, throw it on our Netflix queue, or illegally download it.


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Movie Blog: ‘Social Network’ Zippy, Of The Moment

“I just wish that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive”, laments Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Tough cookies.


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Movie Blog: ‘Never Let Me Go’ OD’s On Anguish

Remember the seventies sci-fi/action flick Logan’s Run? A dystopian tale of two attractive twenty-somethings who must escape a futuristic society that cuts down on overpopulation by executing every citizen at age 30?