A still from the documentary "Afternoon of a Faun," about New York City Ballet great Tanaquil le Clercq.


Star Tribune writers and freelance contributors have been scanning advance copies of movies that are part of the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival. Their reviews are online now. The festival opens April 3 and runs through April 19, with more than 200 movies in all.

In reviews of 55 MSPIFF titles, our critics were, in general, enthusiastic. While they gave 4-star ratings (the highest) to just four movies, they handed out the coveted 3.5-star ratings to 13 films.

The movies that won four stars are: "Afternoon of a Faun," a documentary about legendary New York City Ballet dancer Tanaquil le Clercq; "Boyhood," a 12-year project of director Richard Linklater; "Flashback Memories," a music documentary in 3D about a Japanese didgeridoo player who suffered a brain injury; and the two-part crime saga from India, "Gangs of Wasseypur."

Here are the titles that won 3.5 stars:


Bicycling with Moliere

Blue Ruin



Concrete Night

Harmony Lessons

Ilo Ilo

Just a Sigh

Metro Manila

The Overnighters

The Trip to Italy


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