Movie Blog: The 9th Arab Film FestivalMizna's 9th Arab Film Festival hits the Twin Cities this weekend, with dozens of films from several countries. This year's festival features several exciting selections, like Kaouther Ben Hania's thrilling "Challat of Tunis." Filmed in a gripping, faux-documentary style, "Challat" is inspired by a rumor ignored by local authorities over a decade ago about a biker who would slash women while they walk on the streets of Tunis.
Movie Blog: 38 'Cine Latino' Films Coming To Mpls.The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul is presenting what it calls the "region's largest celebration of Spanish and Portuguese language film," and tickets for the general public go on sale Monday.
Movie Blog: Manhattan Short (Global) Film Festival No plans Tuesday night? Then perhaps you'll be down to judge some short films in the world's only global film festival. It's called Manhattan Short, and it's happening (locally) at Minneapolis' St. Anthony Main Theatre.
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: 'Night Moves' Review Brooding, tense, and disturbingly quiet: "Night Moves" feels strangely like a thriller despite its slow, steady burn. It's like watching the last embers in a fire pit. The flames are low, yet there's a strange power in the wood's hypnotic, pulsing glow.
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: 'The Unknown Known' ReviewedToward the end of The Unknown Known, Donald Rumsfeld says he’d loved to have known what was going through the mind of Saddam Hussein’s right hand man, Tariq Aziz, during the final years of the dictator’s regime. "[Aziz] is a perfectly rational, logical individual," the Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush says. "You wonder: What goes on in a mind like that?"
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: 'ILO ILO' What makes Ilo Ilo more than just another family drama is the nuance with which writer/director Anthony Chen builds his characters. While each one appears based on a stereotype (the commanding mother, the shy maid, the troublesome son), they also have certain flaws or attributes that make them, as individuals, appear much more human than the usual fare that alights in family dramas, which are so fatally prone to melodrama.
Movie Blog: Nordic Lights Film Festival 2014 (In Brief) If this relentless, frigid winter has you cooped up all Bergmanian -- contemplating your sanity, the meaning of life -- why not venture out this weekend to find solace (or at least some fun) in a celebration of modern Scandinavian cinema?
Movie Blog: Remind Yourself Why You Love Wes AndersonListen up, American movie fans. Until the end of this month and into the beginning of March, you can revisit (or acquaint yourself, perhaps) with the super-stylized worlds of America's most beloved auteur.
Movie Blog: This Week’s Best BetsIt’s the week of Valentine’s, but I’m not sure if love is in this frigid, arctic air. While there’s certainly no lack of romantic films slated to play in the Twin Cities, there’s no real surplus of them either. And that’s cool with me.
Movie Blog: Highlights Of 'Images Of Africa' Film Festival Despite the snow and the cold, the Twin Cities are a place many Africans call home, and those over at the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul decided to celebrate that fact with a festival called Images of Africa.
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsThis 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.
Movie Blog: The First-Ever Reel Abilities Film FestivalThe trailer above is for Wampler's Ascent, a film following Steve Wampler, who has cerebral palsy, as he does some 20,000 pull-ups to conquer the 3,000 foot face of Yosemite's iconic El Capitan. Part determination doc, part nature flick, the film is just the thing you'd want to kick off the Twin Cities' inaugural Reel Abilities film festival: five days of inspiring stories and profound insights into realities not often explored in today's cinema.
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsAs summer starts to enter its final stretch, it's probably time to consider kissing endless weeks of disposable entertainment adieu in favor of more substantial cinematic offerings.