Movies
September 2
Laika Studios/Focus Features  Monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron, and Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson, in “Kubo and the Two Strings.”   via AP

Handcrafted and beautiful, meet the 7 best stop-motion movies of all time

Painstakingly handcrafted, these seven stop-motion films offer a fresh way to see the world.
Variety
September 2
Michael Greyeyes in "Wild Indian."Vertical Entertainment

Minnesota filmmaker makes a promising debut with taut thriller 'Wild Indian'

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. shows restraint in a taut drama that confronts a tragic past.
Movies
September 2
Ying Nan (Michelle Yeoh) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

Marvel's latest movie, 'Shang-Chi,' is a fantastic, playful adventure

Inventive and funny, "Shang-Chi" pushes the superhero franchise in exciting new directions.
Variety
September 2
Camila Cabello is Ella and Billy Porter is Fab G in a new retelling of “Cinderella.”Kerry Brown • Amazon

A modern 'Cinderella,' with Camila Cabello, is funny and female-forward

Modern version of the classic puts feminism at its center.
Variety
August 31
Dreamland Faces — Andy McCormick and Karen Majewicz — at the Trylon Cinema, where they’ll perform live scores to silent Buster Keaton films.

Treasures of Twin Cities film scene, musical duo Dreamland Faces returns after studio fire

Minneapolis duo Dreamland Faces create distinctive soundtracks for films that have none.
Variety
August 27
Anthony Ramos, left, and Melissa Barrera in Jon M. Chu’s “In the Heights,” based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical.

Out on video Aug. 31: 'In the Heights' and 'Mortal Kombat Legends'

Out Tuesday• "In the Heights"• "Spirit Untamed"• "12 Mighty Orphans"• "Beasts of No Nation"• "Blue Bloods: The Eleventh Season"• "Fear the Walking Dead: Season 6"•…
Movies
August 26
Farley Granger and Robert Walker in the 1951 thriller “Strangers on a Train.”

Meet Patricia Highsmith, the writer who inspired some of the best movies ever made

The late crime writer inspired some of the best movies ever made, from Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" to "The Talented Mr. Ripley."
Variety
August 26
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy in "Candyman." Universal

There's just as much bad as good in overstuffed 'Candyman' remake

There's way too much going on in this reimagining of a horror film classic.
Movies
August 23
John Cena, Idris Elba and Daniela Melchior  in “The Suicide Squad.”

5 fun facts about 'The Suicide Squad' movie

"The Suicide Squad" premiered Aug. 5, written and directed by James Gunn ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), and yes, it's a hoot. Let me add to…
Variety
August 20
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in New Line Cinema’s horror film “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”

Out on DVD Aug. 24: 'The Conjuring' and 'How It Ends'

Out Tuesday• "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It"• "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway"• "Lansky"• "Berlin Station: Season Two"• "Chicago Fire: Season Nine"• "Dreambuilders"•…
Variety
August 19
Sean Penn and Dylan Penn in “Flag Day.”

Minneapolis writer admits to excitement and dread as her life becomes a movie

While Jennifer Vogel was thrilled to see her book become a movie, she dreaded her life being re-enacted on screen.
Variety
August 19
Emily Blunt plays Evelyn Abbott in “A Quiet Place.”

Emily Blunt is this summer's movie MVP: Dive into the 7 best performances of her career

She fights monsters and drug cartels, sings in musicals and plays an alcoholic with ease.
Variety
August 19
Rebecca Hall appears in a scene from the film “The Night House.”

Is the spooky stuff in 'Night House' grief? Or ghosts?

Rebecca Hall is smashing as a widow tormented by grief and spooks.
Variety
August 19
Sean Penn in “Flag Day.”

Sean Penn's 'Flag Day' is a sensitive take on Minneapolis writer's book

"Flag Day," based on Minneapolis writer's memoir, dramatizes one woman's uneasy search for clarity.
Movies
August 16
“She’s genuinely terrifying,” says Rebecca Hall of her character in “The Night House.”

With a ghost story now and an Oscar contender this fall, get to know Rebecca Hall

In "Night House," Rebecca Hall plays a widow who uncovers dark secrets.
Variety
August 13
Salma Hayek, left, and Ryan Reynolds in “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.”

Out on video Aug. 17: 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' and 'Shook'

Out Tuesday• "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard"• "The Water Man"• "A Discovery of Witches, Season 2"• "NCIS: The Eighteenth Season"• "Riders of Justice"• "Rogue Hostage"• "The…
Movies
August 13
Jennifer Hudson shines as Aretha Franklin, but the script stumbles as it tries to include too much of the singer’s life story.

Music makes 'Respect' sing but the Aretha Franklin biopic feels phony

Jennifer Hudson is terrific as the Queen of Soul, but the script needs a rethink.
Movies
August 12
Duluth’s Daniel Durant stars in “CODA.” Apple TV Plus

A hearing girl and her deaf family conflict in crowd-pleasing 'CODA'

A hearing girl and her deaf family struggle over her singing dreams in crowd-pleasing "CODA."
Movies
August 12
Ryan Reynolds stars as a video game character who helps real-life player Jodie Comer hunt down stolen code inside his game.

'Free Guy' a hit-and-miss look at video game culture

The Ryan Reynolds movie is easy and breezy and also glib and smug.
Movies
August 12
Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in “Ghostbusters.”

The 7 best Bill Murray movies feature laughs, heartbreak

From his sketch comedy origins, he has created a varied roster of characters.