Esme's Blog: Review Of Klobuchar's New BookNo one in Minnesota underestimates Sen. Amy Klobuchar these days, and her new memoir reveals what has led to her remarkable political success.
Uncle Sam Joining Ranks Of Businesses Reviewed On YelpWatch out TSA: You'll be joining the ranks of beauty salons, taco stands, and other services reviewed on Yelp, and Uncle Sam says it will take the online ratings into account to improve what the government calls "customer satisfaction."
Movie Blog: 'Human Capital' & 'Road Hard' ReviewedDirector Paolo Virzì’s multi-sided moral fable Human Capital took home the Best Picture award last year from the equivalent of the Italian Oscars, managing somehow to best Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, which happened to bag an actual Oscar. While Virzi’s film isn’t half as good as Sorrentino’s, it must be said that “Human Capital” is pretty, gripping and has the aura of greatness, even if it does come off a little too much like another Oscar winner, 2006’s Crash.
MNfusion: Theater Latté Da's 'Oliver' Debuts At The PantagesAudiences were clearly delighted at seeing the return of "Oliver" Saturday evening in downtown Minneapolis. The show opened Saturday evening at the Pantages Theatre as the third collaboration between Theater Latté Da and the Hennepin Trust Company as part of the Broadway Re-imagined series.
Review Of Mpls. Police Dept. Calls For More TransparencyOver the last few years, the Minneapolis Police Department has faced much public scrutiny. A new review from the Department of Justice highlights the work that needs to be done.
MNfusion Review: 'I Love Lucy® Live On Stage'Going into the performance of "I Love Lucy, Live On Stage," I must admit, my expectations were not very high. It turns out that may have been to my advantage, as I felt the show was a fun, well-executed tribute to the beloved TV program.
Movie Blog: 'Listen Up Philip' ReviewListen Up Philip is a film for those fascinated by Philip Roth, or that harbor a soft spot for people whose creative personalities stem, in part, from them being jerks. The dark comedy's story revolves around the New York literary scene, and the problems a talented and amazingly egotistical young writer might face while living in "the city." Yet, comedy might not be quite the word for it. Listen Up could just as well be a tragedy – a slow, meandering tragedy – with great design, superbly-rendered characters, and a few laughs here and there.
Movie Blog: 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night' ReviewNothing quite says Happy Halloween like a spaghetti western set in Iran featuring a hijab-wearing vampire and a kick-ass soundtrack. Director Ana Lily Amirpour debut is a work of striking confidence and imagination; it’s a draft of life, a vein of new blood. Her work rings of the stuff of David Lynch and Harmony Korine, yet all the weirdness works to open the way for sonorous (and somehow gentle) emotion. Even if you’re allergic to zombies and vampires, this black-and-white gem isn’t one to hold a cross to. Moreover, it’s pretty much perfect that it’s screening Halloween night at the Walker.
Auditor Review: No Right Or Wrong In Hoffner CaseA legislative auditor's report made no determination of right or wrong in the firing of Minnesota State, Mankato, football coach Todd Hoffner.
Movie Blog: 'Happy Christmas' Review Anna Kendrick was good in Drinking Buddies, but she’s better in Happy Christmas. This time, in another work of director Joe Swanberg, she plays an infectiously bubbly, if irresponsible, 27-year-old named Jenny, who’s moved to Chicago after breaking up with her boyfriend. She stays in the Windy City with her brother (played by Swanberg), and the film focuses on her struggle to balance her youthful energy with the realpolitik of growing up. And despite what the title suggests, the film’s not really about Christmas.
Movie Blog: 'Hellion' Review It’s unfortunate that this film had to go up against Boyhood. That 12-years-in-the-making, coming-of-age colossus is my most anticipated movie of the summer, and it comes out the same weekend as Hellion, which is also a film about growing up. It’s also unfortunate that Hellion is a bit hit-or-miss.
Movie Blog: 'Ivory Tower' Review To say something is seriously wrong with the cost of college – and mountain of debt piling atop the backs of America’s young people – is to state the obvious. Andrew Ross, the director of Ivory Tower, understands this. Instead of just saying “Guys, we’re in a hell of a pickle here,” his documentary gives us a road map as to how we got to this place and tries to decipher, through the fog of unrest and a forest of blinking technological light bulbs, what our possible options are to move forward. Don’t get me wrong, though: Ross doesn’t hint at a savior. The reason, after all, this is such a big mess is that no one has the knowledge, or will, to fix it. Still, it’s a given things are bound to change pretty soon. Everyone, it seems, agrees on that.
Movie Blog: 'Young And Beautiful' Review Why the hell is she doing this? -- That's the question you'll likely be asking yourself throughout Young and Beautiful, a film focused on the sexual adventures of a devastatingly beautiful girl.
Movie Blog: 'Hateship Loveship' Review Kristen Wiig -- known for starring in and writing "Bridesmaids," and for her work on "Saturday Night Live" -- is probably one of the very brightest comedic actresses working today.
Movie Blog: 'Two Lives' Review The film is set in the year 1990, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. We meet Katrine in an airport in Germany, and due to her wearing a disguise, we know that she’s up to something fishy.