Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/4 The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Chris Hewitt There's no drama in a script that essentially says its oft-misunderstood subject was exactly who she said she was. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2021
The Day of the Locust (1975) Will Jones I would be prepared to swear that Schlesinger has made exactly the movie I've been wanting to see for two decades. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
The Day of the Locust (1975) M. Howard Gelfand Schlesinger has followed West's masterful novel pretty faithfully, and what he loses in film's inability to duplicate West's crisp, imagery and precise prose he gains in the ability to bring the novel's panoply of grotesques to life... EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/4 Real Women Have Curves (2002) Jeff Strickler Newcomer Ferrera and the veteran Ontiveros (a legend in Latino acting circles) mesh wonderfully. Both exude energy, and their interactions appear relaxed and spontaneous. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
3/4 The Card Counter (2020) Chris Hewitt If you're OK with a movie that keeps big secrets from you, "The Card Counter" boasts plenty of subtle pleasures. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
3/4 Cinderella (2021) Chris Hewitt A fairy tale can get snoozy as it chugs toward the climax we always knew was coming but Cannon's storytelling instincts keep this "Cinderella" lively. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
3/4 Wild Indian (2021) Chris Hewitt "Wild Indian" is marked by its restraint. Nothing is forced or obvious. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
3.5/4 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Chris Hewitt Yes, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is culturally significant, but this should not be lost: It's also a fantastic movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2021
2/4 Candyman (2021) Chris Hewitt Director/co-writer Nia DaCosta has lots of ideas and she seems determined to cram every single one of them into "Candyman." EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
7/10 Go Fish (1994) Bob Campbell The movie's underlying high spirits survive its desultory, day-to-day rhythms, contrasty photography and effusive amateur acting. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
Garbo Talks (1984) Erik Lundegaard "Garbo Talks" is Lumet in a lighter vein than usual, and the result is delightful. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
3/4 The Night House (2020) Chris Hewitt Hall is onscreen for almost every minute of the movie and she's always interesting. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
3/4 Flag Day (2021) Chris Hewitt Movies don't give us many father/daughter relationships this complicated, which makes "Flag Day" even more chilling. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
The Jigsaw Man (1984) Dave Matheny Something relaxes in the viewer's gut when Caine pulls on a shabby trenchcoat and pockets some microfilm. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
3/4 CODA (2021) Chris Hewitt We might wish for a movie that centers a person who is deaf (baby steps, I guess) but "CODA's" depiction of Ruby as the outsider in her own family leads to plenty of rich, unexpected scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
2/4 Respect (2021) Chris Hewitt Even if you don't know Aretha Franklin's story, you can guess every second of "Respect." EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (2020) Neal Justin Even going down blind alleys is a hoot with special guest stars waiting in the wings to ridicule your choices and steer you back on the proper path. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
3/4 The Suicide Squad (2021) Chris Hewitt "The Suicide Squad" stands on its own in a way superhero movies often don't. I feel confident audiences will be satisfied about where it ends, even if it does leave us hoping to see more of this team. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
Romantic Comedy (1983) Jeff Strickler Imagine, if you can, that somebody has spliced together the out-takes from the worst Neil Simon movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Don Morrison An unusually perceptive, grown-up satire. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
3.5/4 Stillwater (2021) Chris Hewitt Most of the time, it's thoughtful and credible in the way it gives its characters second chances, then watches to see if they have the courage to take them. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2021
3/4 Jungle Cruise (2021) Chris Hewitt These movies-based-on-Disneyland-attractions are cash-grabby brand extensions that feel cynical the moment they're announced, so hold onto your hat. "Jungle Cruise" is pretty fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2021
2.5/4 Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Chris Hewitt [Golding] nails the combo of authority and low-key humor that the title role asks for, suggesting that after using two different actors to play Snake Eyes in the previous two "G.I. Joe" movies, they finally found their man. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/4 Old (2021) Chris Hewitt Although "Old" isn't entirely successful, I enjoyed hanging with it. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/4 Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Chris Hewitt "Space Jam" doesn't break new ground - for that, we'd need "Sylvia Fowles: A New Legacy" - but there's something to be said for a movie that delivers exactly what it promises. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2021
The Tomorrow War (2021) Chris Hewitt The movie clearly intends its monsters as a metaphor for climate crisis. It works fairly well... EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/4 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Chris Hewitt Questlove has shaped "Summer of Soul" into a testament to Black excellence, artistry and perseverance. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
2/4 F9 The Fast Saga (2021) Chris Hewitt "F9" is so ridiculously complicated, and so completely uninterested in showing how its cast gets from one place to another, that I lost track of where the climactic car chase was set. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
The Hot Rock (1972) Don Morrison "Rock" springs from the tired loins of that overbred formula, the Big Heist. It proves, however, that the right kinds of talent can transform any old formula into something new and different. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2021
3/4 Luca (2021) Chris Hewitt "Luca" keeps it light, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The latest from Pixar is as bright, refreshing and instantly forgettable as an Italian ice. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
2.5/4 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Chris Hewitt Reynolds whips off self-deprecating wisecracks. Jackson is tough and sarcastic. Hayek is feisty. Freeman is authoritative and a bit secretive. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
The Late Show (1977) Bob Lundegaard The tastiest dish being served in movie theaters these days is Lily con Carney. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
Save the Tiger (1973) Don Morrison Just a few wry degrees in another direction would have made us scorn Harry and his sentimental self-serving values. But, Lemmon is a great sympathy-bidder and his worst punishment is to feel sad. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2021
3.5/4 In the Heights (2021) Chris Hewitt Chu makes every minute of "In the Heights" overflow with life, energy and fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
Heroes (1977) Bob Lundegaard It tries to say some serious things about what the war did to us as a nation. But it's essentially a mishmash of unfulfilled ideas. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
1.5/4 Spirit Untamed (2021) Chris Hewitt The characters have the rudimentary appearance of people in a carpeting commercial, as if animators planned to take a couple more passes to add shading and depth but forgot to do so. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
2.5/4 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Chris Hewitt What's compelling about "Devil" is how the Warrens remain united in faith and love. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
Cruella (2021) Chris Hewitt In a sure sign there were script issues, six writers are credited and none can decide what to do with their main character. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
4/4 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Chris Hewitt I really liked the first "Quiet Place" and was skeptical Krasinski could top it but I'm here to shout loudly that he has. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
3/4 Dream Horse (2020) Chris Hewitt It's a sentimental movie but Lyn makes sure it never feels sticky or maudlin. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
2/4 Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Chris Hewitt This does not seem like the right place to debate police accountability. Beyond that, it's an effective "Saw." EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
Testament (1983) Bob Lundegaard Littman has a superb sense of how to introduce a scene. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
2/4 Wrath of Man (2021) Chris Hewitt "Wrath" delivers what Statham and Ritchie's bloodthirstier fans are probably looking for, but it seems unlikely to win either of them new ones. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
Sugar Cane Alley (1983) Bob Lundegaard Like many (perhaps most?) great works of art, it's depressing and exalting, showing us the backbreaking life of the native cane harvesters in the 1930s and the attempt of one radiantly sunny boy named Jose to escape that life through education. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Chris Hewitt I wish the movie broke as many rules as its characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
2.5/4 Mortal Kombat (2021) Chris Hewitt How's the kombat? The answer is: mortal. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2021
Vanquish (2021) Chris Hewitt I suspect... that everybody involved will be relieved to see it in their rearview mirrors. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2021
9/10 Schindler's List (1993) Jeff Strickler Schindler's List should silence the naysayers once and for all. This sobering black-and-white pseudo-documentary breaks the Spielberg mold by putting substance ahead of style. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
2/4 Voyagers (2021) Chris Hewitt The first 70 minutes of "Voyagers" are so devoid of humor, passion and spontaneity, it's difficult to engage with the characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
3/4 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Chris Hewitt It's big, dumb fun that should be seen on the biggest screen you feel comfortable with. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021