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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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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

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

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

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

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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