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While it's unpredictable at this point whether these summer movies will hit or miss, here are 10 big releases high on the want-to-see list.
If January is Hollywood’s season for mercy killings of box office bombs, summer is when it spawns squadrons of sequels, remakes and adaptations. The industry…
REVIEW: Patrick Stewart's neo-Nazi hordes try to kill a young punk band in the terrifying "Green Room."
REVIEW: "Sing Street" is a younger, entertainingly skewed take on Irish director John Carney's favorite topics, a lightweight coming of age delight stuffed with irresistible '80s pop hits and scads of fine original tunes, too.
The perennial good guy and his director talk up their dark film.
REVIEW: Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron are excellent actresses ensnared in a ferociously bad movie.
REVIEW: The handshake heard 'round the world makes for a fun political comedy.
REVIEW: Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood's most talented and popular actors in the golden years of a landmark career, and he keeps picking novel, interesting, rewarding projects.
REVIEW: It's hard not to think of Disney's "The Jungle Book" remake as a feast. It is a banquet of storytelling delicacy, exciting light drama, athletic action and computer-generated imagery. | ★★★½ out of 4 stars
REVIEW: Don Cheadle, a chameleon-like actor, goes beyond capturing the legend's hushed, raspy voice, precise trumpet fingering, violent temper and showoff wardrobe.
REVIEW: The third "Barbershop" smartly mixes real-life Chicago issues with the series' cheery humor.
Star and director Don Cheadle wasn't afraid to bend reality to tell Davis' story.
REVIEW: World-class gumption and an on-camera look that the pretty committee would applaud can't save this poorly executed comedy.
REVIEW: With a master's touch, Richard Linklater's latest movie finishes what he started in "Boyhood."
In his new film, the director expands the themes that have defined his career.
I Saw the Light ⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language and brief sexuality. Theater: Edina. Country music…
REVIEW: Hold on tight for a back-road Texas chase film spiked with sci-fi surprises.
The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota is sponsoring this weekend's screenings of a true digitally restored rarity from director Karel Zeman.
Krisha ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for language, substance abuse, sexual content. Theater: Edina. Here’s a pure, penetrating emotional…
REVIEW: If you remember that any word from any language has a Greek root or any problem can be solved with Windex, you'll find a lot to enjoy here.
REVIEW: Running 153 minutes, with a swollen budget of $250 million, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is pure overpriced, overproduced, overlong pulp.
The former Minnesotan – and Oscar nominee – is riding high again with a powerful new role in the drone-warfare film "Eye in the Sky."
REVIEW: "Eye in the Sky" powerfully showcases the moral complexities of drone warfare in the fight against terrorism.
REVIEW: "Allegiant," the third installment in the underwhelming "Divergent" franchise of young adult sci-fi, is hackwork from minute one.
REVIEW: Surprise! J.J. Abrams strikes again, using the same kind of stealth strategy that launched "Cloverfield," his clever 2008 war of the worlds fantasy.
REVIEW: Terrence Malick's latest is a coffee table art book come to life.
REVIEW: As a war correspondent, Tina Fey finds just the right balance of comedy and drama in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."
In "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," the comedian gets serious but still finds time to laugh.
REVIEW: Coherently crafted and surprisingly meaningful, "Zootopia" never feels like a random collage of jokes and incidents.
Leonardo DiCaprio finally won, but "The Revenant's" momentum was stopped by the surprise best picture.
A history of minority exclusion culminates with Sunday's much-maligned ceremony.
REVIEW: Aiming for a feel-good Olympic yarn, "Eddie the Eagle" only sort of soars.
Tim Sitarz had a special role in making the Oscar-nominated hit, "The Revenant."
The X-Man was happy to turn in his claws for a feel-good, Disney-style sports movie, "Eddie the Eagle."
REVIEW: Prepare for vivid gun violence and stark dialogue, a la "Heat," in the feverish cops-are-robbers noir "Triple 9."
REVIEW: Overstocked, overstuffed and overlong, "Gods of Egypt" packs a squadron of immediately forgettable mythological deities into 127 inefficient minutes.
REVIEW: What a good surprise it was to watch a biblical feature less preachy, less stuffy and more entertaining than most.
REVIEW: You might expect that a film titled "The Witch" is giving away the game from the start. How wrong you might be.
REVIEW: Olympic hero Jesse Owens is celebrated with a smooth sports movie that captures more than his fluid grace.
Oscar nominee "A War" is a morally complicated portrait of battlefield decisionmaking.
REVIEW: Run for cover, people: No one is safe from the "Ted" sequel's hilarious onslaught.
REVIEW: Michael Moore's new doc takes a different approach than his angrier indictments.
REVIEW: This violent, motormouthed antihero almost backs up all his obnoxious talk. Almost.
REVIEW: "How to Be Single" also shows how to write a good rom-com.
REVIEW: With its recycled jokes, "Zoolander 2" stumbles down the runway.
As the indie festival gives a first look at future hits, we also check out the weird and overhyped.
Among the circle of influence at the country's biggest indie film festival is a posse of Minnesota players and expatriates, using the sprawling event to market local attractions there or to draw film talent back to our home state.
REVIEW: Even a cast filled with Hollywood royalty can't save the fizzling "Hail, Caesar!"
REVIEW: The hit parody novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" gets a prim and proper (and fun) adaptation.
As controversy engulfs the Academy Awards, diverse voices crowd the indie film fest.
REVIEW: Maggie Smith's third run as the haughty eccentric in "The Lady in the Van" is a matter of Olympic marksmanship, hitting the bull's-eye with each scowl and droll line reading.
REVIEW: Best-actress nominee Charlotte Rampling shines in the tender and chilling "45 Years."
REVIEW: The Holocaust has inspired numerous movies, but few as brutal as "Son of Saul."
REVIEW: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and a host of reputable actors are squandered by a lackluster script in "Ride Along 2."
Violent epics lead the way as "The Revenant" grabs 12 nominations and "Mad Max: Fury Road" gets 10 in this year's Oscar race.
In conversation, the stars veer between comedy and sincerity.
There is a true diversity of roles in the Oscar race for best supporting actress this year. Here’s a look at what will play into…
REVIEW: If sheer film combat bloodshed were an antiwar commentary, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" would win the Nobel Peace Prize.
The best-actress Oscar race is totally up for grabs, with performances ranging from gritty to elegant. Here's a look at what will play into each actress' favor, and what's working against them.
Leonardo DiCaprio seems to be the front runner in the always tightly contested best actor race. Here's a look at what will play into each actor's favor, and what's working against them.
Here’s a look at what will play into each actor’s favor, and what’s working against them in the Oscar race for best supporting actor. (Key:…
An eight-film retrospective surveys the wide-ranging career of the German giant.
Cinema's oddball poet finds new voice in an old medium: stop-motion animation.
REVIEW: Alejandro Iñárritu's "The Revenant" gives us an Old West that's freshly unvarnished.
REVIEW: The adult drama "Anomalisa" animates the anxieties and confusion of a dreary Everyman.
Leonard DiCaprio faced down a frozen wilderness to film "The Revenant."
REVIEW: Oscar contender "Theeb" travels the same territory as "Lawrence of Arabia," with a key difference.
REVIEW: "Joy," the third collaboration from David O. Russell and his ensemble players Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, is his usual good mix of fluff and melodrama, and then some.
REVIEW: Corporate malfeasance takes a potent uppercut on the chin in "Concussion."
REVIEW: In "Carol," the celebrated director tells a forbidden love story with lyrical imagery.
REVIEW: The director returns with his usual brand of delicious dialogue and buckets of blood.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make for an unwelcomed reunion.
In "Carol," director Todd Haynes says a lot with minimal dialogue from stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
The Hollywood star steps into his oddest role yet in "The Big Short."
REVIEW: Last year's Oscar winner is the main attraction in a film that grows tiresome.
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