July 30, 2018
Heath Ledger as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

10 years later, a new appreciation for 'The Dark Knight'

As Variety reports the Batman film will get a limited Imax 10th-anniversary rerelease this summer, it's worth reflecting on just how much critical prejudice the film faced at the time.
July 30, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse patrons can order food and drinks from the comfort of (reclining) seats.

Why I love Minnesota's new Alamo Drafthouse (even in Woodbury)

Hats off to the landlords at the Woodbury Lakes outdoor mall — and all Woodbury residents — on landing Minnesota's first Alamo Drafthouse. You're gonna love the place once you "get" it.
July 28, 2018
Charlize Theron in “Tully.”

Video review: Mommy issues in 'Tully'

Mommy issues “Tully” (⋆⋆⋆⋆, rated R) is an uncommonly intelligent and amusing portrait of motherhood, thorns and all. Created by director Jason Reitman and…
July 28, 2018

Movies opening in Twin Cities Aug. 3

Movies opening friday   Christopher Robin (PG) Working-class family man Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh. The Darkest Minds (PG-13)…
July 27, 2018

Nod for Disney's $71.3B acquisition of Fox entertainment

Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment division is one step closer after shareholders approved the deal Friday.
July 26, 2018
Edda Bjorgvinsdottir in “Under the Tree.” Magnolia Pictures

Dark Icelandic comedy 'Under the Tree' is a grudge match

Neighbors' spat over a tree spirals out of control in the Reykjavik suburbs.
July 26, 2018

Self-deprecating 'Teen Titans' get the last laugh

TV series makes a high-energy jump to the big screen.
July 25, 2018
The Toronto lineup will include "A Star is Born," starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

Toronto film fest jumping on MeToo bandwagon

High-profile movies will address gender issues.
July 21, 2018
Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan in "Ready Player One."

Video review: Get ready for 'Ready Player One'

Set in 2045, Steven Spielberg’s speedy, fluid “Ready Player One” (⋆⋆½) features folks who live in unkempt shipping containers and fixate on the virtual…
July 21, 2018

Movies opening in the Twin Cities on July 27

Movies opening Friday   Blindspotting (R) A story about the intersection of race and class, set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying…
July 20, 2018
Fernando Cardona in “On the Seventh Day.” Cinema Guild

'On the Seventh Day' takes insightful look at immigrants

Don’t make the mistake of dismissing “On the Seventh Day” (⋆⋆⋆ not rated; in English and Spanish) as a sports movie. Yes, the Sunday…
July 19, 2018
Elsie Fisher is a confused middle-schooler in “Eighth Grade.”

Mini reviews of 'Unfriended,' 'Eighth Grade' and 'The Cakemaker'

Unfriended: Dark Web ⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for some disturbing violence, language and sexual references. In English, American Sign Language and…
July 13, 2018
Chief (Bryan Cranston) in “Isle of Dogs.”

Video review: 'Isle of Dogs' is a delight with bite

A delight with bite Wes Anderson’s dark and enchanting animated parable “Isle of Dogs” (⋆⋆⋆⋆, PG-13) is really about underdogs. Set on a Japanese…
July 13, 2018

Movies opening in the Twin Cities July 20

The Cakemaker (not rated) A German pastry maker travels to Jerusalem in search of the wife and son of his dead lover. Don’t…
July 12, 2018
Mavis (voice of Selena Gomez) and Jonathan (Andy Samberg) in “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”

Mini reviews of 'Boundaries,' 'Hotel Transylvania 3.' 'Three Identical Strangers' and 'The King'

Boundaries ⋆⋆½ out of four stars Rated: R for drug material, language, some sexual references and nude sketches. Theater: Edina, Burnsville. This slow-boil…
July 11, 2018
Danai Gurira, far left, and the other actors playing warriors in “Black Panther” wore split-toed shoes, inspired by Japanese culture. The shoes al

Action heroines are ditching their heels and finding their footing

The history of action-film heroines and their high heels is tortured.
July 8, 2018
The house The Parr family’s retro-futuristic home is a character in its own right in “Incredibles 2.” Inspiration for the Palm Beach modernist d

Summer 2018's most stylish movie is a cartoon: 'Incredibles 2'

Summer 2018's most fashionable movie is a cartoon.
July 8, 2018
Alex Griendling, right, enjoyed the comforts of an Emagine theater.

Sterling sequels aren't the only thing bringing people back to movie theaters

Movie theaters and Hollywood studios are having a near-record year, rebounding from a difficult 2017.
July 6, 2018
Emily Blunt in “A Quiet Place.”

Video review: A shout-out for 'A Quiet Place'

A shout-out for ‘A Quiet Place’ Director John Krasinski uses a very quiet approach to create scares and tension in “A Quiet Place” (PG-13).…
July 6, 2018

Movies opening in the Twin Cities July 8

Movies opening Friday   Boundaries (R) A woman (Vera Farmiga) drives her estranged pot-dealing father (Christopher Plummer) across the country after he’s kicked out…
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