City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Independence Day (1996)
"A monster hit in Britain, Trainspotting is defiantly contradictory: an exhilarating portrait of heroin use, a black comedy of errors capped off by one character's sarcastic decision to "choose life.""
Girls Town (1995)
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
"Linklater is collaborating with a certified grown-up who also happens to be the screenwriting equivalent of a shock-jock; laid-back bong-hits have been supplanted by endless black-comic cruelty and a lot of sociocultural pissing and moaning."
Men in Black (1997)
The Searchers (1956)
Blood for Dracula (1974)
Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1974)
Prom Night (1980)
Vive l'Amour (1994)
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
The Naked Man (1998)
American Movie (1999)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)
Purple Rain (1984)
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Purple Rain--the Citizen Kane of Minnesota movies and a worldwide showcase for the ascendance of its then-26-year-old star into rock 'n' roll eternity."
Facing the Giants (2006)
One Hour Photo (2002)
The Lives of Others (2006)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Proposition (2005)
The Last Waltz (1978)
"With all the powder that's said to have been tooted at the Band's 1976 "farewell" show, filmed by Martin Scorsese in his goodfella-against-the-helicopters period, you could make a line from Oak Street Cinema all the way to the mayor's office."
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
"The rain still drips like tears in Wong's faintly lit alleyways, the paint in his narrow corridors continues to peel, the floral-print curtains in his '60s drawing rooms still billow in the breeze--but the colors have faded..."
The Dreamers (2004)
Bad Santa (2003)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Big Fish (2003)
"Burton, favoring form over content, flavor over fact, has been often criticized for not knowing how to bring his work to satisfactory resolution. But I'd call that a good thing. Blame it on his dad."
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Los Olvidados (1952)
Collateral Damage (2002)
"Straining every muscle not to offend, Collateral Damage counts basic coherence among its own casualties. But it's crystal clear on one point: Taking mercy on the "enemy," women and children included, is for wimps."