'The Invitation' Is An Engrossing Psychological ThrillerThe moodiness is real in Karyn Kusama’s unnerving psychological thriller, "The Invitation." Brilliantly, the filmmaker taps into the weirdness inherent in those coastal-growing, pseudo-scientific lifestyles and shows us an L.A. dinner party that’s a nightmare on multiple levels.
'Louder Than Bombs' Reviewed"Louder than Bombs", the first English-language feature from Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier, is a moving and kaleidoscopic exploration of a family fractured by loss, probing how a father and his two sons are coping with life after the death of their famous yet mysterious mother.
Day 16 @ MSPIFF 2016: 'The Ardennes' ReviewedA powerful feature debut from Belgian filmmaker Robin Pront, "The Ardennes" is a muddy, tense and stylish exploration into the relationship between two brothers living at the edge of society.
Day 14 @ MSPIFF 2016: '10 Billion -- What's On Your Plate?' ReviewedAt first, Valentin Thurn’s latest food-focused documentary looks to be a piece on the threat of genetically-modified food and the specter of big agri-business. But the German filmmaker and journalist goes deeper, much deeper -- traveling from Japan to Africa to Milwaukee, exploring new ideas and approaches to foodmaking, some of which are unforgettably cool.
Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2016: 'Tale Of Tales' ReviewedTale of Tales, directed by Gomorrah helmer Matteo Garrone, strains at the seams to become the next art house cult classic-cum-midnight movie.
Day 9 @ MSPIFF 2016: 'Voices Of Light' Concert PerformanceThere's a debate among film snobs about whether affixing modern soundtracks to vintage silent films is a useful tool or an incongruous distraction.
Day 7 @ MSPIFF 2016: 'Eisenstein In Guanajuato' ReviewedFor some critics, the idea of writing about a Peter Greenaway movie is akin to the proverbial "dancing about architecture." Greenaway's films can often have such a finely honed aesthetic, and one built from incongruous formal juxtapositions -- tony but opulent, refined but reckless, arty but erogenous.
Day 6 @ MSPIFF: 'Francofonia' ReviewedRussian auteur Alexander Sokurov, the creator of the 2002 one-take behemoth Russian Ark, has now turned his restless attention to the Louvre. In this freewheeling poetic essay Francofonia, which has far more than one take, the filmmaker explores the relationship between great art and power, especially in the era of Nazi-occupied France.
Day 5 @ MSPIFF 2016: 'I Promise You Anarchy' ReviewedJulio Hernandez Cordon's new feature "I Promise You Anarchy" is punch drunk love with the impetuousness of young love among sexually nebulous skater boys.
'Everybody Wants Some!!' Stars Talk Baseball, Film & Working With LinklaterThe three actors were recently in town for an event at the Mall of America, and I had a chance to speak with them about the similarity between sports and acting, working with Linklater and the philosophical messages the filmmaker fits in amid the debauchery.
'Everybody Wants Some!!' Not In The Same League As 'Dazed'The nostalgia is real in Richard Linklater’s "Everybody Wants Some!!," which is being dubbed the “spiritual sequel” to the director’s coming-of-age high school classic "Dazed and Confused."
Opening Night At MSPIFF 2016: 'A Man Called Ove'The 35th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival launches in Minneapolis Thursday night with a screening of the heartwarming Swedish film A Man Called Ove.
Review: Prepare Your Eardrums For 'Marguerite'Played by the impeccable and cherub-faced Catherine Frot (who won the French equivalent of an Oscar for her performance), the titular character is narcissist so full of herself she’s almost adorable.
'Creative Control' Review"Creative Control," as a whole, doesn't quite congeal. The falling-in-love-with-an-augmented-reality-character plot, although it’s pushed along by the film’s humor and visual style, is too improbable to swallow outright. Moreover, the characters are so terrible to each other that it becomes difficult to care about them to the degree where the film’s themes would pack any emotional punch.
Lineup Revealed For MSPIFF 2016Rejoice, Minnesota cinephiles! This lineup for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is out.