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Movie Blog: This Weekend’s Best Bets

Since there was no “This Week’s Best Bets,” there’ll be a “Weekend’s Best Bets.” So while you’re out enjoying the spring-like temps, consider popping by one of the events listed below. They include a DVD and estate sale, as well as back-by-popular demand screenings of Godard’s latest, “Goodbye to Language.”

03/12/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The days are growing longer, the breezes don’t quite feel as arctic, and a crop of new movies is in season. Just last week, I reviewed the clever vampire comedy “What We Do In The Shadows,” and this Friday the new movie from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is at the Minnesota Zoo’s IMAX theatre.

03/02/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With the Academy Awards still looming large on the horizon, it’s hard not to post up a handful of nominees again this week. A few of the big contenders — such as Birdman, Selma, Boyhood and American Sniper – are showing at several metro screens, and the Oscar-nominated shorts are also still going strong over at the Lagoon and the Riverview.

02/09/2015

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Movie Blog: Capsules Of ‘Sound Unseen’ Highlights

Fugazi, fugayzee. Bob Wier, Bob Wire. Trylon, McNally Smith. Point being, there’s a little something for everyone at this year’s Sound Unseen festival, so long as you have a song in your heart and don’t care whether you’re pronouncing they lyrics correctly.

11/12/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

According to the URL for this blog post, this is the 100th edition of “This Week’s Best Bets.” How time flies when you’re sitting in the dark for an untold number of two-hour chunks. And what better way is there to spend the aftermath of a long election campaign drawing to a close and some of the first snowflakes promising a long, cold, harsh winter ahead?

11/05/2014

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Movie Blog: Sound Unseen Announces 2014 Lineup

Does your life change, ever so slightly, whenever you happen to hear a song from Elliott Smith’s “Figure 8″? If so, you might want to carve out some time next month to attend Sound Unseen, […]

10/15/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I feel a little like Dom DeLuise’s Nero in Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part I. Only when he yelled, “More wine! More women!” I’m instead yelling, “More horror!” Yes, another October week with a number of scary screening options around town.

10/14/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Check out this week’s best bets from repertory and limited-run screenings!

10/07/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Today marks the turn of the seasons, and what better way to cap off what almost everyone agrees was one of the lamest summer movie slates since the concept of “summer movie” was first coined than to head to a smaller-scale movie with bigger ideas?

09/22/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Heroes in a half shell are indeed a bodaciously tempting offer, but if the rest of the month is looking pretty anemic for new movie offerings on a mass scale, maybe you’d like to scale down and sample one of these options?

08/12/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Picnics with hot dogs, fireworks with sparklers, miniature American flags with parades. They’re all fine and dandy, but don’t you want to catch some of the explosively entertaining options available at area movie theaters this long holiday weekend?

07/01/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This week’s list of the best screenings around town features at least a couple movies I’m not very fond of, actually. I hope that you take this as a mark of my own possibly hopeless attempts to remain objective about what people might consider the “best bets.”

06/24/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Want a special advance screening of the latest from director Clint Eastwood? Jersey Boys (adapted from the hit Broadway musical) is showing at the Showplace ICON this Tuesday on the eve of it’s Friday opening, and WCCO Radio has tickets to give away.

06/16/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you are one of the two or three teen girls who did not catch “The Fault of Our Stars” on opening night, all reports from the box office suggest you probably need to redress that situation as soon as you can. And bring plenty of tissue.

06/09/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Yes, we’re now in June, the primetime for summer offerings. Every weekend brings at least one hopeful blockbuster, if not a few. This weekend was all about Maleficent, but the rest of the month more or less belongs to the men. Or does it?

06/02/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’m not exactly surprised to see the box office receipts for this holiday weekend. Specifically, I’m not surprised to see that Godzilla is off by 77 percent of its opening weekend totals.

05/26/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Too often I tie your decision on whether or not you should catch a limited-release or repertory screening in the Twin Cities based solely on the weather. For much of the last year or two, that’s been a winning bet on my part, with two endless winters and stifling summers.

05/19/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I’ll give you five good reasons to check out a movie this week. I’m not talking about the titles I mention below. I’m talking about the cold and/or cloudy weather predicted for Monday through Friday this week.

05/12/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

There’s only one major movie release set to storm multiplexes this coming weekend — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — and there’s a lot of rain and sleet in the 7-day forecast, so don’t even pretend you don’t want to hole up and catch some offbeat movie selections this week.

04/28/2014

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Best Indie Movie Theaters In Minnesota

Here are five of the best indie theaters in Minnesota, the only place where one can catch the best of the past and the most creative of the new.

04/28/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I bet you thought I was going to issue a postmortem on the 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, right? After all, Saturday night was the closing night. Oh, no. Closing night is only the beginning. Now’s the time to double back to catch all the audience favorites you missed the first time around!

04/21/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The MSPIFF is in its final stretch, and some of the biggest titles are still to come. So this week, make that your first movie priority. But if your well of cinephilia ne’er runs dry, there are a few other options to check out this week.

04/14/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

This week’s collection of movie best bets is a bit hastier than normal because, duh, you should be first and foremost checking out our daily selections from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Just as the weather’s heating up, so are the number of movies enticing you to stay indoors.

04/07/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With both a rude jolt and a surge of excitement, film fans in the Twin Cities find themselves on the cusp of this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, which opens on Thursday with a screening of Belle and continues for 17 days with more than 200 features.

03/31/2014

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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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