Antonio Banderas, left, and Julieta Serrano in a scene from “Pain and Glory.”

Antonio Banderas stars in Spanish director's 'brilliant' return to form 

Pedro Almodóvar's "Pain and Glory" plays almost like an explanation/apology for why his last couple of movies sucked.

'Midnight Traveler' depicts one family's true and harrowing escape from Afghanistan 

October 17
Hassan Fazili, left, and his wife, filmmaker Fatima Hussaini, with their daughters, Nargis and Zahra, in “Midnight Traveler.”
"Midnight Traveler" documents a family involuntarily fleeing Afghanistan.

Goofy camp undermines important themes in 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' 

October 17
Angelina Jolie as the title character.
Too much happens, all the time, with many different tones battling on the screen.
October 21
Jessica Lange, the 2-time Oscar winner and star of Netflix's "The Politician," during a visit to Netflix’s office in New York, Aug. 2, 2019. Lange h

Revisiting Minnesota's Hwy. 61 with Jessica Lange

For the Minnesota native who summers in what she called "a cabin" along the North Shore, Hwy. 61 is a creative wellspring dating back to her childhood.
October 20
From left, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone in “Zombieland: Double Tap.”

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker'

The Walt Disney Co.'s "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" knocked "Joker" out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely.Studios on Sunday say…
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October 20
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Report: Neve Campbell to play mom of dying Twin Cities teen who wrote 'Clouds'

The song became a worldwide sensation at the time of his death from a rare form of bone cancer in May 2013.
October 18
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in director Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse.”

This week's movie openings

Movies opening FridayBlack and Blue (R) A rookie cop must balance her identity as a black woman with her professional role.Countdown (PG-13) A…
October 17

Four stars for a cancer documentary? Yes, 'Jim Allison: Breakthrough' is that good 

Jim Allison may not look the part of a superman. But by the end of this documentary, he will have audiences wanting to join the fan club and get the T-shirt.
October 17
From left, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson in “Zombieland: Double Tap.”

'Zombieland: Double Tap' brings its outdated shtick back from the dead 

"Zombieland" imagines a world where the past decade never happened.
October 15
Screening at TCFF: Edward Norton directs and stars in “Motherless Brooklyn.”

Twin Cities Film Fest returns with Hollywood hits – and Minnesota's greatest onion ring

Film festival packs in big Hollywood titles and a documentary about a cook in Worthington, Minn.
October 14
Zendaya and Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Spider-Man is staying home

Sony and Disney reach deal to keep the superhero part of the Marvel family.
October 13
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from the film, “Joker.” (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP

'Joker' holds on to top spot for second week

The first weekend was no fluke: "Joker" is a hit. The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box…
October 12
Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola.

Video review: 'The Art of Self-Defense' offers dark comedy

The dark ‘Art’ The dark heart of “The Art of Self-Defense” (R; ⋆⋆⋆) makes it one of the blackest comedies in recent years. After…
October 11
Angelina Jolie stars in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”

Movies opening in the Twin Cities Oct. 18

Movies opening Friday   Jim Allison: Breakthrough (PG-13) A renegade Texas scientist devotes his life to finding a cure for cancer in this documentary.…
October 10
Lili Reinhart, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu play strippers running a scam against their rich clients in “Hustlers.”

Growing economic disparity a growing topic for filmmakers

In recent movies including "Us," "Joker," "Hustlers" and "Parasite," filmmakers explore gap between haves and have-nots.
October 10
Will Smith stars in the Ang Lee film “Gemini Man.”

Will Smith acts opposite a fake-looking, de-aged version of himself in 'Gemini Man' 

In brightly lit scenes, it looks like 51-year-old Smith is acting in a scene with his dead-eyed video game avatar.
October 10
Charlize Theron voices Morticia and Oscar Isaac voices Gomez in “The Addams Family.”

'Addams Family' not a new take, but creepy and kooky 

Animated "Addams Family" hews closely to the familiar.
October 10
Toni Servillo is Silvio Berlusconi in “Loro.” IFC Films

'Loro' romanticizes corrupt and charismatic Silvio Berlusconi 

"Loro" examines Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the people who love him.
October 10
Jon Hamm and Natalie Portman in“Lucy in the Sky.”

Natalie Portman depicts one astronaut's rough re-entry in 'Lucy in the Sky' 

"Lucy in the Sky" portrays a woman's search for meaning on Earth after she's seen the cosmos.
October 6
Joaquin Phoenix plays a much more sinister “Joker.”

'Joker' laughs its way to October box office record

The filmmakers and studio behind "Joker" have reason to put on a happy face. Despite concerns over its violent themes and ramped-up theater security, audiences…
October 4

Movies opening in the Twin Cities Oct. 11

Movies opening FridayThe Addams Family (PG) Animated version of the story of the peculiar, ghoulish family. With the voices of Oscar Isaac (Gomez)…
October 4
Sporky (voiced by Tony Hale) and Woody (Tom Hanks) in “Toy Story 4.”

Video review: A fun 'Toy Story' family reunion

A fun 'Toy Story' family reunionThe first three "Toy Story" installments were so good it seemed inevitable that any attempt to recapture that wizardry would…
October 4
Joaquin Phoenix gives a thrillingly unhinged performance in “Joker.”

Joaquin Phoenix gives the performance of his career as 'Joker'

An origin story of Batman's nemesis is also about what happens when society neglects its most vulnerable.

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