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1.5/4 43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Its tendency to tell rather than show seems ill-suited to a portrait of the man who brought haute couture to the masses." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 60% When Jews Were Funny (2014) " Zweig's movie is equal parts witty and provocative ..." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3.5/4 96% Metro Manila (2014) " The movie works as a contemporary look at desperation in crime-riddled Manila, but it's also as deliciously old-fashioned as the late '40s-era film noir "Kiss of Death," and nearly as entertaining." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/4 —— Flashback Memories " The effects of this beautifully unique hybrid of music and cinema are exhilarating and unforgettable." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Mar 31, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " An aptly obsessive study of obsession." — Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " Another demanding and deeply rewarding investigation into the Holocaust from documentarian Claude Lanzmann." — Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2014
100% Killers " "Killers" has plenty to offer genre fans - provided they don't bolt during its opening scene of a tied-up woman being beaten to death with a mallet ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2014
—— Memphis (2014) " Willis Earl Beal gives a magnetic performance as a flailing musician in Tim Sutton's digressive, daringly experimental film." — Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2014
71% R100 (2014) " If a dominatrix is one who takes total control of her passive partner, then "R100" is the cinematic equivalent of a kinky femme fatale in black leather and stiletto heels, cracking a whip and a smile." — Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2014
—— We Come as Friends " Hubert Sauper observes the neocolonialist exploitation of South Sudan in this disturbing follow-up to 'Darwin's Nightmare.'" — Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2014
—— Freedom Summer " A well-shaped and powerful reminder of a time in recent American history when white supremacy was decisively and courageously undercut." — Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2014
71% Alive Inside (2014) " Michael Rossato-Bennett captures some amazingly transformative results in the treatment of dementia through music." — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " This innovative study of Nick Cave playfully disguises itself as fiction while more than fulfilling the requirements of a biographical documentary." — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
92% What We Do In The Shadows " Some genre fans who prefer the silly to the satiric may bite, but the anemic pic isn't remotely weird or witty enough for cult immortality." — Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2014
—— Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " "Last Days in Vietnam" combines astonishing footage from April 1975 with the contemporary recollections of some who were there." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
—— Lambert & Stamp " James D. Cooper's impeccably directed debut is a definitive screen bio of the Who and its-rock operatic rise." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— E-Team " Four members of Human Rights Watch's Emergency Team risk life and limb in this dynamic and immersive documentary." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
56% Camp X-Ray (2014) " First-time writer-director Peter Sattler's pic means very well, but strains credibility and ethics alike." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
80% The Green Prince (2014) " With "The Green Prince," an extraordinarily engrossing tale becomes an extremely uncinematic experience in the hands of Israeli documentarian Nadav Schirman." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
61% Generation War (2014) " Overly melodramatic but fairly engrossing ..." — Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2014
56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " A sneakily subversive exercise in low-budget surrealism and anti-corporate satire." — Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2013
87% √Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013) " The film does an excellent job of showing how hate-TV was molded in the image of snarling, chain-smoking, guest-berating Downey." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Oct 2, 2013
11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " Director Argento half-heartedly mixes schlocky 3D f/x with one-dimensional characters for a near-two-hour joke that ought to have been funnier." — Variety
Posted Sep 30, 2013
76% Concussion (2013) " Shot as if they were ads for high-thread-count bed sheets, the pic's talky afternoon delights remain more flowery than erotic." — Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2013
3.5/4 94% Museum Hours (2013) " Cohen's spare but spectacularly visualized film follows a pair of middle-aged strangers who meet in a Viennese art museum and proceed to walk and talk." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Sep 12, 2013
82% The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013) " Connects on emotional levels in the telling of an up-from-nothing brawler whose colorful career climaxed in tragedy." — Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3.5/4 68% Elysium (2013) " What's great about "Elysium" is that it invites and even encourages discussion and debate while delivering proficiently at the levels of plot, action and special effects." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 8, 2013
78% Jug Face (2013) " An impressively oozing slab of indie horror that bodes well for first-time writer-director Chad Crawford Kinkle." — Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2013
93% The Spectacular Now (2013) " This bittersweet ode to the moment of childhood's end builds quietly to a pitch-perfect finale." — Variety
Posted Jul 29, 2013
83% Laurence Anyways (2013) " Fully immodest and intermittently astonishing." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2013
48% Maniac (2013) " A shocker of a remake, equal parts stylish and scuzzy." — Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2013
45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " Less inferno than slow burn, Rob Zombie's retro witch thriller The Lords of Salem has plenty of portent but not much payoff." — Variety
Posted Apr 16, 2013
71% My Amityville Horror (2013) " Where Walter's film succeeds is in rendering Lutz, onscreen throughout, as an indelibly prickly and unsettling figure." — Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2013
96% The Crash Reel (2013) " Walker pulls off a spectacular feat ... balancing the needs of extreme sports vid and cautionary tale." — Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2013
59% Running From Crazy (2013) " The narratively jumbled film ... features too many scenes that amount to mere stargazing." — Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2013
40% The Rambler (2013) " Writer-director Calvin Lee Reeder's randomly splattering take on the back-country-road movie." — Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
0% American Milkshake (2013) " "Milkshake" sucks all the flavor out of a tasty premise ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
90% Valentine Road " Though the ugly phobia that gave rise to the killing and permeated the legal proceedings boils the blood, the film's tone is somber rather than angry, and its effect is quietly devastating." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
85% Dirty Wars (2013) " [The] astonishingly hard-hitting "Dirty Wars" renders the investigative work of journalist Jeremy Scahill in the form of a '70s-style conspiracy thriller." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " Reducing an immensely disturbing, politically byzantine tale to a series of cartoonish vignettes, this celeb-studded biopic squanders a gutsy performance by Amanda Seyfried." — Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2013
78% Hors Satan (2013) " Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure." — Variety
Posted Jan 18, 2013
28% Struck by Lightning (2013) " A mediocre coming-of-age indie." — Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2013
47% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) " A bona fide high-wire act, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away delivers towering thrills through its candy-colored 3D ode to the titular outfit's astounding acrobatics." — Variety
Posted Dec 19, 2012
33% Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012) " A costumer that's well named for being pleasant and conventional but little more." — Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2012
36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " The ABCs of Death is an appallingly bad concoction of disgusting shorts that run through the alphabet but really should've stopped at "A."" — Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2012
37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " Veering between buddy movie and action-thriller, Stand Up Guys is a mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy." — Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2012
85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " First-time writer-director Stephen Chbosky adapts his young-adult bestseller with far more passion than skill, which suits familiar scenes of adolescent awkwardness aptly enough." — Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2012
4/4 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) " [Displays] an invigoratingly acute understanding of the psychology of insecurity, longing, defensiveness and inward-turning rage." — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Posted Aug 30, 2012
92% Mosquita Y Mari (2012) " First-time writer-director Aurora Guerrero beautifully captures the fluctuating dynamics of friendship between 15-year-old girls in Mosquita y Mari." — Variety
Posted Aug 1, 2012
40% The Girl from the Naked Eye (2012) " Newcomer Jason Yee proves plenty adept at chopsocky, but his chops are nonexistent on the thesping side." — Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2012
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