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Woody Harrelson's amiable new R-rated comedy was an ideal fit for shooting in the Twin Cities.
REVIEW: As if to amp up the animated film's handsome design, the live-action film's photorealist computer imagery is a surreal swirl of rococo detail. More of that attention should have been directed to the acting.
REVIEW: This utterly audacious "Kong" hits the reset button in the giant monster genre, shaking it awake with a mighty roar.
REVIEW: The film is a misuse of Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine's talent and a waste of our time.
After more than 60 years in Hollywood, she's still a force to be reckoned with.
The beloved director talks about sharing his macabre visions at new art exhibit in Minneapolis.
Bold approach breathes unexpected maturity into Marvel Comics formula.
The story of postwar revenge is an exhausting trip through anxiety.
Inventive comedy is like nothing you've seen before.
The best picture award was mistakenly given to "La La Land," then to the real winner, "Moonlight."
Critic and seasonal fortuneteller Colin Covert predicts the Academy Award winners.
Review: Terrifying and insightful, it's a spine-chilling message movie. | ★★★½ out of 4 stars
True story stalls amid a rash of romance novel clichés.
Utah film fest has long-term ties to the state's filmmakers and actors.
REVIEW: The rowdy comedy mines laughs from a flood of controlled chaos.
REVIEW: Quiet but intense, the Iranian drama is worthy of its Oscar nomination.
REVIEW: This $150 million monster epic feels strangely cheap.
While good things don't always come in small packages, this year's Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films generally stand on their own idiosyncratic merits.
Unlike the solemn origin story "Fifty Shades of Grey," the new chapter finds it a bit easier to chuckle at some of the humor in its design.
The witty superhero farce flaunts the ridiculousness of the premise.
REVIEW: Despite no dialogue, Oscar nominee "Red Turtle" is profoundly touching.
REVIEW: Burdened with a choppy, poorly conceived script, "The Comedian" is impossible to enjoy on any level whatsoever.
REVIEW: Muddled "Toni Erdmann" is poorly staged, shot and edited.
The 2017 festival wasn't exclusively focused on social issues. Some of the biggest crowd pleasers were full-on comedies.
While "La La Land" emerged as a big favorite, diversity is on the dance card, too, with seven of the 20 acting nominees being people of color.
Shooting the Woody Harrelson comedy in Minnesota was "the gift of a lifetime," co-star says.
Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert surveys the field for the top acting awards.
The star sizzles in film biography of McDonald's kingpin Ray Kroc.
Filmmaker taps his own life for a look back at a mother-son relationship in the '70s.
Low-key story of a bus-driving poet is clever, sweet and wise.
REVIEW: Director-star Ben Affleck struggles doing double duty in this tale about a crime kingpin.
REVIEW: The story of the Boston Marathon bombing is packed with humanity and action.
REVIEW: Renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar comes up short in lovelorn drama "Julieta."
The musical was picture-perfect, winning 7 while "Moonlight" took best drama.
REVIEW: The scariest thing about "A Monster Calls" is how thoughtful it is in relating valuable life lessons.
Andrew Garfield is in an introspective mood after back-to-back theological roles.
REVIEW: This devastating, demanding, heartbreaking film about Catholic faith and oppression in 17th-century Japan works on more than one level.
REVIEW: "Hidden Figures" tells a singular story in textbook fashion, creating a conventional, feel-good, part-fictional history lesson that would fit in any high school.
Eerie French fantasy slowly taps into the viewer's primal fears.
Review: Gripping tale is based on an amazing real-life adoption story.
Isabelle Huppert is the target of a rapist in "Elle" — but don't call her a victim.
REVIEW: "Sing" is the sort of syrupy animated musical that will appeal to few viewers other than young talent-show fans and their doting parents.
REVIEW: The star-heavy cast is wasted in an empty drama about life after a tragedy.
REVIEW: Breaking new ground, the latest "Star Wars" chapter makes you leave your expectations at the door.
REVIEW: This homage to old-fashioned song-and-dance flicks hits all the right notes.
The actor brings his knack for the unexpected to the musical "La La Land," opening Dec. 16.
"Miss Sloane" paints a blunt picture of a ruthless Capitol Hill power broker.
Isabelle Huppert shines in "Things to Come" as a woman who refuses to surrender to setbacks.
An impressive cast is wasted in a comedy in which we've seen every joke before.
For 40 years, the British Arrows Awards have celebrated the most creative work in the ad field, and for 30 of those years they have drawn the biggest annual crowds to the Walker's cinema.
REVIEW: Shia LaBeouf's hard work to shed his boyish image gets wasted in a mishmash of plots and styles.
Actor's goal was to capture the first lady's depth at a time that traumatized the world.
Dueling personalities that are on display in "Manchester by the Sea" generate Oscar buzz.
Rich character study "Manchester by the Sea" unleashes a tidal wave of feelings. ★★★★ out of 4 stars
His semi-retirement comes to a smashing halt with a comedy inspired by Howard Hughes.
In the excellent Howard Hughes fantasia "Rules Don't Apply," absurdist disorder hits stratospheric heights.
Tom Ford offers a well-composed, surreal look at love and identity.
REVIEW: Billy Bob Thornton is back as a larcenous lech, but sequel lacks dark glee of 2003 film.
"Moana" boasts innovative locations, an insightful cultural backdrop and inspired music. Too bad the plot falls short.
REVIEW: Director Robert Zemeckis wastes the star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in this insipid World War II spy drama.
Movie critic Colin Covert says these films are guaranteed to be hits.
REVIEW: The Harry Potter cultural phenomenon moves ahead true to its roots in the well-told and action-packed adaptation of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
REVIEW: This documentary lauds a 13-year-old girl who broke through centuries of sexism.
REVIEW: "Loving" captures the emotions behind a landmark legal case.
REVIEW: Homage to drive-in horror flicks is spot on – if you get the joke.
Actor, director and producer Robert Redford left the Utah center of his Sundance Film Festival to hold court at the Walker Art Center Cinema Saturday…
REVIEW: The breathtaking, thought-provoking "Arrival" is intricately handsome and rarely showy, flawlessly made and earnest-minded. It's a landmark in the science-fiction genre. | ★★★★ out of 4 stars
With two gripping roles, Adams could soon be double-dipping for yet another Oscar nomination, her sixth.
REVIEW: Saturated with campy gore, "Dog Eat Dog" plays as if they put the basic formula for a pulp B movie in a blender and set it to purée.
Paul Schrader threw convention out the window for a "jazz riff" on the crime thriller.
"Hacksaw Ridge" actor Luke Bracey appreciated working with a "born storyteller" on the war flick.
REVIEW: Mel Gibson's tale of a Medal of Honor-winning army medic awes and inspires.
REVIEW: With "Doctor Strange," Marvel proves that in the right hands there is no niche cult character so obscure that he can't conjure up a blockbuster and become a household name.
REVIEW: This coming-of-age story infuses new life into a familiar format.
Far above the Italian countryside, the Republic of San Marino conveys a curious charm.
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