May 6
Kara Hayward stars as Suzy in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.

Now's the perfect time for a deep dive into Wes Anderson's movies

Over two decades, the filmmaker has shown his distinctive, salty/sweet vision.
April 30
A scene from “Our Mothers.”

Cannes award-winner 'Our Mothers' is a mystery set in Guatemala

This Cannes-winning mystery examines the aftermath of violence in Guatemala.
April 29
Mark Lester as the title character in the 1968 Carol Reed film “Oliver!”

Now's the perfect time to watch films from a master you may have never heard of

You may not know the name of golden-era director Carol Reed, but you probably know some of his movies.
April 23
Brian Cox in “The Etruscan Smile.” Lightyear Entertainment

Scottish star Brian Cox plays another grouch in comedy/drama 'The Etruscan Smile'

"Succession" actor Brian Cox shines in the warm, if familiar, "Etruscan Smile."
April 21
Gene Hackman won an Oscar for his role as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in 1971’s “The French Connection.”

Now's the perfect time to take a deep dive into the work of Gene Hackman: 7 films to watch

The actor who seems like he could be your neighbor is sorely missed on screen.
April 16
Lovie Simone in “Selah and the Spades.”

Teenage mobsters are the hook in drama 'Selah and the Spades'

The story is familiar in "Selah and the Spades," but its visuals stand out.
April 15
Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Now's the perfect time to dive into musicals. Here are our critic's top 7 to watch

Our favorite movie musicals inject just a little bit of reality into their fantasy worlds.
April 10
Poppy and Branch (voiced by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake) are back in the movie "Trolls World Tour."

So-so 'Trolls' sequel may be biggest movie ever to go straight-to-digital, thanks to COVID-19

Message about diversity in "Trolls World Tour" is nice, but muddled.
April 10
Philip Harder at his Minneapolis riverfront home, where he shot parts of his first feature-length film,“Tuscaloosa.”

Minnesota director's debut movie is called 'Tuscaloosa' but it was filmed right here

Philip Harder has made videos for Prince, Low and the Foo Fighters, and ads for Apple and Target. He filmed his dream project entirely in Minnesota, including in his own Minneapolis backyard.
April 9
Anne Innis Dagg is “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.” JULIE GILES

'The Woman Who Loves Giraffes' recognizes a trailblazing naturalist after decades of obscurity

Warm documentary shines a light on the "Jane Goodall of giraffes."
April 8
Spike Lee, winner of the award for best adapted screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman", attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019,

Take a deep dive into Spike Lee films: Our critic's top 7 picks

Never afraid of a big gesture, Lee goes for broke every time he directs (which is a lot).
April 2
Sidney Flanigan in a scene from "Never Rarely Sometimes Always."

Grueling drama follows a teen who can't get an abortion in her home state

In "Never Rarely Sometimes Always," a young woman takes a harrowing journey.
April 2
"Elephants" is narrated by Meghan Markle.

Our critics' picks: What to watch, listen to and read at home this week

Our weekly picks to ease your isolation and lift your mood.
April 2
Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

His brother in prison, Bob Weinstein starts a quiet comeback

He's trying to distance himself from brother Harvey's scandal.
March 30
Susan Smoluchowski went from fan to executive director of the MSP Film Society.

Twin Cities film fest executive welcomes movies - and fans - from across the globe

Editor’s note: This story from the quarterly Star Tribune Magazine was printed before the coronavirus pandemic reached Minnesota. Before visiting places mentioned, please check to…
March 26
Joel McCrea and Claudette Colbert are sparring spouses in “The Palm Beach Story.”

It's the perfect time to binge on screwball comedies. Here are our critic's top 7

The fizzy genre had its heyday from the mid-1930s to the early '40s.
March 26
Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher and guest star Sterling K. Brown in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Fox

Our critics' picks: What to watch, listen to and read at home this week

13 TV shows, books, podcasts, and more to keep you sane.
March 20
Frances McDormand in “Fargo.”

Ready for a dive into Coen movies? Here are the 7 best

Always meant to catch up with movies you missed from the maddeningly prolific Spike Lee? Recently discovered Bong Joon-ho, because of the Oscar love, and…
March 17
Dory in "Finding Nemo."

6 great movies to distract the kids while you take that conference call

When you're trying to work from home, and need a distraction for the kids, these movies can't miss.
March 15
Chris Pratt and Tom Holland voice the brothers in “Onward.”

Movie audiences are staying home

Seemingly every aspect of American life has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the weekend ritual of watching a movie in the dark with…