This Week’s Best Bets

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This just in! The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul just announced that the opening night selection for this year’s MSPIFF will be British director Amma Asante’s Belle, a period piece about Dido Elizabeth Belle and […]

03/17/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Fests are still playing out. Fantastic new works of art are still in theaters. (If you haven’t caught “Stranger by the Lake” yet and you’re open-minded, clear a spot on your calendar.) And the screenings just keep coming! It’s enough to make your head spin.

03/11/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Now that the long Oscar season nightmare is finally over, it’s time to sing “Auld Lang Syne” and enjoy the best of what’s playing locally. And let me tell you, the floodgates are open, first and foremost not one but two foreign film festivals.

03/03/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s your last chance to sneak in screenings of the Oscar-nominated movies. The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday evening and then we can all put this months-long nightmare behind us. Here are some treats you might want to catch to give yourself a break from the Oscar madness.

02/24/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Stray along the road less traveled and check out this week’s best bets among limited release and repertory screenings.

02/17/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s the week of Valentine’s, but I’m not sure if love is in this frigid, arctic air. While there’s certainly no lack of romantic films slated to play in the Twin Cities, there’s no real surplus of them either. And that’s cool with me.

02/10/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Nope. Still haven’t caught Ride Along. Apparently that’s almost everyone in America wants to see. But if you’re reading this column, I know you’re not “almost everyone in America.” This week has a full slate of classic cinema, enough to keep any film fan more than busy.

02/03/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I have to admit that I have not yet seen the movie that just topped the box office charts for the last two weeks running and is well on its way to being 2013’s first $100 million club honoree. Maybe I’ll redress that in the next week, maybe I’ll instead opt for the cold-weather comfort of awesome repertory and specialized programming.

01/27/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The Oscar nominations are out, and basically everything on the shortlist this year is in theaters for those who missed them up until this point. And there’s plenty of great new documentaries to catch on Netflix. If you’re all caught up, though, there are plenty of other options to keep you busy on this cold week.

01/20/2014

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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

For about eight or nine weeks in a row during the dog days of summer, I’ll find myself typically opening this weekly rundown the with the exact same cliche, Groundhog Day-style: “The weather is hot, […]

01/06/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s been a fantastic year, and there’s a lot of new films out there to catch. But if your New Year’s resolution is, like mine unto perpetuity, to see a bunch of older and/or more obscure movies, here are your best bets for the forthcoming week.

12/30/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The last of the must-see movies I’m a tad ambivalent about myself — The Wolf of Wall Street — roars into theaters this Christmas. But many better bets await you in limited release and retrospective screenings, especially if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit.

12/23/2013

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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

Memo to those who haven’t seen “Blue is the Warmest Color” yet: the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning French drama’s engagement in the Twin Cities has been extended, and it’s now showing at the St. Anthony Main Theater. Otherwise, here are the five best bets for local-and-limited screenings this week.

12/02/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Thanksgiving gives you the chance to reflect and reminisce. In that vein, here are four beloved movie options around town this week to ignite the warming bug of nostalgia … and one unforgettable turkey.

11/25/2013

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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

This week sees the start of both the latest Sound Unseen, one of the most highly-anticipated annual events of the Twin Cities film and music scenes, as well as the astonishingly comprehensive Images of Africa festival at St. Anthony Main.

11/12/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’ve been informed that many if not all of the screenings of “12 Years a Slave” at the Uptown Theatre were sold out this weekend, so I guess the first thing that should be on your movie checklist for the coming week would be that, if you weren’t among the lucky ones to snag a ticket.

11/04/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Halloween weekend elect is upon us. So don’t even pretend you want to see anything other than blood, bones, gore and mayhem. Here are the best options for repertory and limited-release entertainment this week.

10/21/2013

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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

If you’re searching for something a little smaller-scale or niche than “Gravity” (which you should still totally see if you haven’t already, because it’s easily one of the year’s greatest movies), here are this week’s other best movie bets around town.

10/07/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you’re anything like me (and God help you if you are), you’re looking forward to the arrival of this Tuesday like Clark W. Griswold looks forward to the fourth Sunday before Christmas, like Jennie-O looks forward to the week before Thanksgiving.

09/30/2013

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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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