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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 8: ‘Aftermath’

Władysław Pasikowski’s Aftermath, a work of fiction, was met with outrage by some of the Polish media upon release. It was even labeled by some as anti-Polish for suggesting that some citizens may have been more than complicit with the Nazis during the occupation. Set in the past decade, the film tells the tale of two brothers, one who left 20 years earlier to work as an asbestos remover in Chicago, while the other stayed in Poland to run the family’s farm.

04/10/2014

Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 4: ‘Despite The Gods’

Making a movie is tough. Making a movie in India is tougher. Making a movie in India while living in the shadow of your legendary father David Lynch is – as Larry David may put it – pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty tough. But director Jennifer Lynch was up for the task, and allowed an Australian documentary crew intimate access to her life (at that of her pre-teen daughter Sydney) while undertaking the production of the Bollywood horror flick Hisss in 2008.

04/06/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Is Scorsese At His Wildest

Director Martin Scorsese turned 71 in November. But if anyone thinks his mojo is at risk due to advanced aged, his latest collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio will shut them up. In The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio plays real-life stock swindler-turned inmate-turned motivational speaker Jordan Belfort, whose talent for scamming investors led to the creation of the $1 billion brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont in the late 80s.

12/25/2013

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Movie Blog: Highlights Of ‘Images Of Africa’ Film Festival

Despite the snow and the cold, the Twin Cities are a place many Africans call home, and those over at the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul decided to celebrate that fact with a festival called Images of Africa.

11/15/2013

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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.

11/13/2013

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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.

09/21/2012

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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.

05/11/2012

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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.

07/22/2011

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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.

06/03/2011

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

What distinguishes a mere cult movie from a midnight movie?

05/25/2011

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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.

05/04/2011

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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.

04/21/2011

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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.

04/18/2011

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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.

04/17/2011

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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.

10/29/2010

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