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.
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.
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.
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.
Stray along the road less traveled and check out this week’s best bets among limited release and repertory screenings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re looking to get your guts turned inside out with fear leading up to Halloween, there are a few options around town you can take advantage of. (Also, if you’d rather stay home and get scared, I have a few suggestions for films to rent both old and new.)
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.
Shirley Clarke’s astonishing and newly-restored 1967 documentary “Portrait of Jason” is a hypnotic soliloquy and a half. Clarke and her partner Carl Lee set out to capture the spirit of an irrepressible personality and they certainly got more than they bargained for.
This November, one of the most hotly anticipated local festivals will open with Hüsker Dü and close with The National, with appearances by The Descendents, Peaches, Madlib & MF Doom, Cloud Cult, Tapes N’ Tapes, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Doe from X, and many more in between.
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.
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.
If you’ve already had your fill of bad luck as of late, then maybe one of these other five suggestions might bring you some good fortune. One of them is at least sure to provide your bare walls with some attractive covering.
First off, you know you have to celebrate the arrival of Friday the 13th this week by checking out the Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part 2 double feature at the Parkway Theater […]
New releases are a little thin for the next few weeks, and on the whole, the month of September is traditionally one of the least well-stocked of the year. What better time than now to get reacquainted with some of the best limited release theaters in the area?
“The Butler” scored a #1 berth in its debut week in theaters, which means the summer movie season is more or less officially over. In that vein, there’s a bunch of serious (and seriously humorous) screening options around town this week.
You know how it goes when you get back from vacation … you have twice as much on your plate as you did when you left. The maxim holds true for movies as well.
Quite a few new interesting new offerings are seeing full release over the next week or two. Here is a list of some of the best limited release options you’ll want to check out this week.