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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.
REVIEW: "Youth" delivers a Felllini-esque romp with a game Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.
REVIEW: George Lucas who? The "Star Wars" reboot delivers next-generation thrills. This is the film we're looking for. "The Force Awakens" understands what "Star Wars" fans love and delivers it lavishly.
REVIEW: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard dazzle in the wickedly good "Macbeth."
"Star Wars" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan on George Lucas, Jar Jar Binks and more.
REVIEW: "In the Heart of the Sea" drowns in a typhoon of haphazard filmmaking from director Ron Howard.
REVIEW: The meeting between two film titans makes for a rousing doc.
As "The Force Awakens" nears its Dec. 18 release, "Star Wars" scholars call George Lucas' borrowed cornerstones from classic sources a vital link to the franchise's cross-generational appeal and staying power.
Even butter looks cinematic in these TV ads. The British Arrows 2015, beginning a monthlong run at Walker Art Center, showcases audacious, entertaining, witty U.K. advertising. Watch some of them now.
Spike Lee's timely "Chi-Raq" takes aim at street violence gripping Chicago's South Side.
In Europe's Alpine regions, when boys and girls there are naughty, they're visited by Krampus, a horrific fanged half-goat, half-demon who arrives to the sound of "slay" bells ringing.
REVIEW: The director of "Fruitvale Station" gives the "Rocky" sequel a sweet science.
REVIEW: "The Good Dinosaur" isn't top-tier Pixar, but it still packs an emotional punch.
REVIEW: A jolt of black comedy fails to reanimate the oft-told Frankenstein tale.
REVIEW: Brangelina take viewers on a vacay they'll soon want to cut short.
REVIEW: An Oscar nominee at 13, Saoirse Ronan's first starring role as an adult is a stunner.
REVIEW: "Secret in Their Eyes" is based on a grim, tightly wound Argentine crime thriller that won an Oscar. The new Americanized version is a tattered copy that has lost a lot in translation.
REVIEW: Have no fear, Katniss fans, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" delivers the grand finale this series deserves.
The Film Society shines a light on a wealth of Spanish-speaking films.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is the clear leader of the pack among this year's holiday releases, but it won't be the only interesting, inspiring, delightful gift of the season.
Review: "Spotlight" is a major achievement. You don't need to be a news junkie to admire such sleek, adult entertainment.
REVIEW: An all-star cast is wasted on this tired Christmas drivel.
REVIEW: Angelo Pizzo, screenwriter of "Rudy" and "Hoosiers," provided both script and direction for this biography of beloved University of Texas player Freddie Steinmark. Men, bring your tissues.
REVIEW: "The 33" does justice to the Chilean miners trapped underground for two months.
Girls, gadgets and great fight scenes have made James Bond's adventures one of the most successful film franchises of all time. How well do you know them?
REVIEW: The 24th James Bond film explodes with action, but Daniel Craig just looks tired.
Good grief! It took years, but cartoonist Charles Schulz's son is finally bringing "Peanuts" back to theaters.
Reports of the death of horror movies were greatly exaggerated. A fresh breed of filmmakers is revitalizing the genre with original, creative, idiosyncratic movies that grab and eat you.
REVIEW: The clever, compelling biopic "Steve Jobs" transforms the folklore surrounding the late co-founder and CEO of Apple to fuel a magical mystery tour of three pivotal events in his life.
Idris Elba mesmerizes in "Beasts of No Nation," as does his young co-star.
A single-take marvel of moviemaking, "Victoria" pulsates with the virtuosity of such films as "Run Lola Run."
Horror master Guillermo del Toro stumbles mightily in his return to the genre he loves.
With Jack Black in tow, "Goosebumps" cleverly trumps its source material.
REVIEW: A superstar filmmaking team plunges Tom Hanks into the middle of an untold USA vs. USSR showdown.
In this new version of the classic character in "Pan," Garrett Hedlund plays Hook as a swaggering young scoundrel who isn't yet Peter's foe.
REVIEW: Michael Shannon chews through every scene in the gritty "99 Homes."
REVIEW: The latest Peter Pan rewrite is a bizarre ride that plays by its own rules – and sometimes works.
REVIEW: Watch at your own risk: The masterful Austrian shocker "Goodnight Mommy" delivers a disturbing puzzle box of terror.
There's a large element of make-believe in "The Walk,"but the spectacle of the daredevil's tightrope walk across the void should be largely credited to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
REVIEW: "The Martian," a survival story about an astronaut stranded on the red planet, is by far the most inspiring entry in director Ridley Scott's ample catalog.
On Wednesday, the Hollywood actor invaded Richard R. Green Central Park School unannounced to freak out the assembled third-, fourth- and fifth-graders watching a preview of his newest feature, Sony Pictures' "Goosebumps."
REVIEW: Guaranteed: You will get a kick out of the wild true story of "Finders Keepers."
REVIEW: "A Brilliant Young Mind" is a fully realized love story of rare spirit, the sort of deeply affecting film that can make you laugh until you are near tears, then drive you close to bawling.
REVIEW: I'd love to say that I was delighted by Robert Zemeckis' "The Walk" from start to finish. But I can't. Not that I was disappointed. Simply underwhelmed.
The Hollywood superstar talks about making "The Martian" — an uplifting big-budget, sci-fi film with no villain.
REVIEW: In "Sicario," Emily Blunt leads a gruesome, dizzying descent into the borderland drug war.
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