Movies
August 17, 2018
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in “Deadpool 2.”

Video review: 'Deadpool 2' turns it up to 11

Turning it up to 11 Superhero sequels are always more of the same, and “Deadpool 2” (⋆⋆⋆½, rated R) is even more gory, offbeat…
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August 17, 2018

Movies opening in the Twin Cities Aug. 24

Movies opening Friday   A.X.L. (PG) A top-secret robotic dog develops a special friendship with a boy. Beautifully Broken (PG-13) A…
August 17, 2018
The 2011 female-driven comedy “Bridesmaids” was a box-office hit. From left are Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey,

Is the raunchy chick flick an endangered species?

Once a sure thing, female-driven R-rated comedies are losing their box office clout.
August 17, 2018

Milestones in Asian American film, from 'Flower Drum Song' to 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Months before "Crazy Rich Asians" premiered, the film was being celebrated for being a rare studio film in which all the main actors are of…
August 16, 2018
The creators of “Crazy Rich Asians,” starring Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding and Constance Wu, made an effort to ensure that the film avoided cultur

How 'Crazy Rich Asians' could help change stereotypes about Asian men

"Crazy Rich Asians" rides a wave of hype — and hope that it could change an industry wary of casting Asians as leads and notorious for "whitewashing" roles.
Movies
August 16, 2018

Mini reviews of 'Skate Kitchen,' 'Alpha' and 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Skate Kitchen ⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars Rated: R for profanity, sexuality and drug use Theater: Lagoon   Although this drama set amid…
August 14, 2018
Glen Powell as a wealthy American officer and Lily James as a British writer in “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”

'Downton Abbey' actors sparkle in Netflix romance

Review: Lily James stars in 1940s-set British film.
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August 13, 2018
Abdifatah Farah, aka Abdi Phenomenal, during an open mic night in Minneapolis. He’s features in the documentary “Somalia: A Nation of Poets.”

Minnesota's Somali Week celebrates a spoken-word tradition with TPT movie

Learn about the oral traditions when "Somalia: A Nation of Poets" is shown next week and broadcast on TPT MN.
Movies
August 11, 2018
Josh Brolin as Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Video review: The end is nigh with 'Avengers: Infinity War'

August 10, 2018
Chadwick Boseman in "Black Panther."

Oscars' new blockbuster category not an immediate hit

Detractors say move could deprive "Black Panther" and other hits of best picture nod.
Movies
August 10, 2018
Minneapolis' classic Parkway Theater to reopen this fall with bold new look, lineup

Minneapolis' classic Parkway Theater to reopen this fall with bold new look, lineup

The south Minneapolis moviehouse will host live music, movies, comedy and varying arts events next to new neighbor El Burrito Mercado.
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August 9, 2018
Henry Golding and Constance Wu in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Movies opening in the Twin Cities Aug. 15 and 17

Wednesday Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13) A comedy adapted from the bestseller about a New York woman who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s…
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August 9, 2018
Thomas Gioria plays a boy stuck in a toxic family situation in “Custody.”

Reviewed in brief: 'Custody' and 'Puzzle'

Custody ⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars Unrated: Adult situations and violence. In ­subtitled French. • Theater: Lagoon   This bleak and harsh divorce…
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August 8, 2018
From left, Eva Longoria, Elizabeth Phoenix Caro and Rob Corddry in “Dog Days.”

Comedy 'Dog Days' is cute but has little bite

"Dog Days," an omnibus comedy about the unique ability of dogs to connect us to others and ourselves, is the kind of mildly amusing, pandering…
August 6, 2018
Jason Momoa stars as “Aquaman.”

Can 'Aquaman' ride the wave of buzz and be the next 'Wonder Woman' for DC?

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment debuted the trailer to "Aquaman" at this year's San Diego Comic-Con to high praise. Getting even more buzz was the…
Movies
August 4, 2018
Melissa McCarthy in “Life of the Party.”

New on video: 'Life of the Party'

The party line Fun in a predictable way, the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Life of the Party” (⋆⋆⋆, rated R) is neither innovative nor a…
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August 4, 2018

Movies opening in Twin Cities Aug. 8 and Aug. 10

Movies opening this week Wednesday Dog Days (PG) Los Angeles residents are brought together by their canine counterparts. Friday BlacKkKlansman (R) A black…
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August 2, 2018
Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Amandla Stenberg and Harris Dickinson in “The Darkest Minds.”

Mini reviews of 'McQueen,' 'The Darkest Minds' and 'Love, Cecil'

McQueen⋆⋆⋆ out of four starsUnrated: Adult themes.Theater: Uptown.This documentary presents both a modern fairy tale and a cautionary tale. A portrait of English…
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July 31, 2018
Spike Lee uses unreleased Prince recording in his new movie

Spike Lee uses unreleased Prince recording in his new movie

A mid-1980s recording of the spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep" will be heard during the closing credits of "BlacKkKlansman"
July 30, 2018
“Equalizer 2,” with Denzel Washington, touches audiences by being smart and soulful.

The true test of a movie: How did it make you feel?

There's sometimes a gap between quality and pleasure.
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