This Week’s Best Bets

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Well, the snow is back once again, so for at least one more week you can expect to not be spending much time enjoying the great outdoors, unless you’ve got a pair of snowshoes. For everyone else, there’s always a heated movie theater.

03/04/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Allow me to pretend to be the first to say, “Finally!” The endless Oscar season is over and now we can all turn our eyes back on the object the highly distracting awards were supposedly engineered to highlight.

02/25/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The Oscars are next Sunday, so if you haven’t caught some of the worthy contenders like Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty or Amour, there’s still a little bit of time. (And if you haven’t seen the also nominated Les Miserables, count yourself lucky.)

02/18/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

You’ve gotta love a week where a double bill of gutsy noir competes for attention with two fests’ worth of Nordic cinema and also screenings of Mike Leigh’s uncharacteristic period piece.

02/11/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The Super Bowl is on ice, and the Oscars are still awhile away. Short of watching the Grammys next Sunday evening, you should have plenty of time to examine the wealth of movie options out there this week.

02/04/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The B movies are starting to push out some of the underperforming Oscar contenders from area multiplexes. Maybe it’s time to start looking elsewhere for your movie fixes.

01/28/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

They always say in the summer that the best way to keep cool is to duck into a movie theater. What do they say you should do when the weather is as cold as it’s […]

01/21/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

First off, I love January, February and March. Every boilerplate-looking B-movie offers the chance to be delightfully surprised. Second, broaden your scope to explore some of this week’s indie and repertory choices.

01/14/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The weekly “best bets” column took a few weeks off during the thick of the holiday season, but there are still plenty of cinematic presents under the Twin Cities tree.

01/07/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The weather outside sure got frightful in an instant, didn’t it? Kind of makes you want to wrap yourself up in a blanket, sit down by a fireplace and watch holiday specials on TV, doesn’t it?

12/10/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Odds are you may be looking for something different this weekend, as the only big release on the horizon for next weekend is “Playing for Keeps.” Here are some of the best alternative screening options for the next seven days.

12/03/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you’d like to catch something a little bit less in high public demand but still more than worth your time and extra effort, here are some of the best screening options for the next seven days.

11/26/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you’d like to avoid the crush of families itching to spend some time away from each other at the multiplex, there are a few more offbeat screening options this week you might want to consider. Here are some of the best screening options for the next seven days.

11/19/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Too late to wrap up Halloween horror movies, too early to break out your yuletide holiday fare. However, it’s the perfect time to start catching up on some offbeat classics and cult fare before the year-end holiday crush begins in earnest.

11/12/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s Election week. Depending on your position, you may find yourself either in a celebratory mood or in dire need of some escapism. What better way to put a cherry on top of a victory or to rub some salve on freshly torn political wounds than to take in a movie?

11/05/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Most of you have probably put away your costumes for another year, but there are officially still a few days left before Halloween, so most of this week’s best bets deal in the macabre. Here […]

10/29/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The Zombie Pub Crawl may be dead and buried (or is it?), but there are still plenty of thrilling, chilling horror classics among this week’s best bets for moviegoers who want to escape the multiplex.

10/16/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s going to be a busy release day at multiplexes this coming Friday (Taken 2, Pitch Perfect, and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie are all on deck), and nearly as busy at the art house, with the […]

10/01/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

OK, I’ll cop to a little mistake in last week’s column. So count one as a bonus screening option for this very crowded week. Here are five suggestions for the next seven days.

09/17/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Yes, we’re in a little bit of a movie lull right now, and it’s hardly surprising given how little there seems to be out there. Oh, except for that there’s tons once you get past the multiplex.

09/10/2012

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s back to school time, and I’ve decided to inaugurate a new weekly post to the WCCO Movie Blog which will, I hope, alert film fans to their assignments for the coming week.

09/03/2012

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