December 14, 2021
Parkwood Cinema in Waite Park is currently holding screenings of “West Side Story” just for those who have been vaccinated.

Multiplex in Waite Park offers 'Vax Required' screenings for movie fans

All patrons, including children, must present proof of vaccination.
December 9, 2021
Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos.”

'Being the Ricardos' examines why we love Lucille Ball (and Nicole Kidman)

The risk-taking star takes on both Lucy and Lucille in this biopic.
TV & Media
December 9, 2021
Philemon Chambers, left, as Nick and Michael Urie as Peter in “Single All the Way.”

Netflix's holiday flicks rank from treats to lumps of coal

They range from being sweet and funny to downright dull.
December 9, 2021
This image released by Netflix shows DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy and Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky in “Don’t Look Up.”

All-star 'Don't Look Up' searches for humor in the world-ending dilemma

Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio play scientists who can't get anybody to listen to their warnings.
December 9, 2021
Scene from 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY.

Steven Spielberg makes 'West Side Story' better and more urgent than ever

This version is splashy, entertaining and powerful at the same time.
TV & Media
December 8, 2021
Benedict Cumberatch is a villain with a secret in “The Power of the Dog.”

Benedict Cumberbatch makes the West even wilder in 'Power of the Dog'

Critic's guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Curious Minnesota
December 3, 2021
What was the first movie filmed in Minnesota?

What was the first movie filmed in Minnesota?

Released a century ago, Minnesota's entrance on the silver screen has since become a history mystery.
December 2, 2021
George MacKay fought World War I in “1917.” In “Wolf,” he fights his own instincts as a young man who believes he’s a wolf.

Review: 'Wolf' bites off more than it can chew

The movie, about a man who thinks he's a wild animal, has interesting ideas but weirdness works against it.
November 28, 2021
Jason Isbell headlined the Basilica Block Party in 2018, about 17 years after he first came to Minneapolis as a member of the Drive-by Truckers.

Jason Isbell talks vaccines, Scorsese, John Prine and the wildest year of his music career

The celebrated Americana songwriter returns to the Armory after enforcing strict COVID protocols (and taking a lot of heat for it).
TV & Media
November 25, 2021
“The Beatles: Get Back” on Disney Plus features the band’s famous rooftop concert in London.

'The Beatles: Get Back' is a long and winding treat for music lovers

Review: The nearly eight-hour documentary includes enthralling footage with the tiniest details.
TV & Media
November 24, 2021
Halle Berry as Jackie Justice in “Bruised.”

Halle Berry packs a one-two punch as writer, director of 'Bruised'

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
November 23, 2021
Lady Gaga in “House of Gucci.”

Lady Gaga enlivens 'House of Gucci' movie but it trips on the runway

The script can't figure out what story to tell, the screenplay is boring and the movie begs to be trimmed.
November 23, 2021
Steven Yeun and Richard Jenkins are among “The Humans” experiencing an unsettling Thanksgiving in the movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning p

'The Humans' serves up a turkey dinner with a side of dread

In this family drama, transferred from stage to screen, a Thanksgiving gathering takes a terrifying turn.
November 23, 2021
Set in the lush jungles of Colombia, “Encanto” features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

'Encanto' completes Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2021 musical hat trick

The Colombia-set fable boasts snappy songs and a dandy heroine.
November 23, 2021
Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman play an uncle and nephew getting to know each other in “C’mon C’mon.”

'C'mon C'mon' finds Joaquin Phoenix pivoting from 'Joker' to his sweet side

The Oscar winner plays a man getting to know his nephew in this comedy/drama.
November 19, 2021
Denzel Washington stars in Joel Coen’s upcoming “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

For these 7 great movies, it's all there in black and white

With four black-and-white movies in multiplexes, color is beginning to seem like it's so 2020.
November 18, 2021
Will Smith stars as dad/coach Richard Williams in “King Richard.”

In 'King Richard,' Will Smith reigns as dad and coach behind Venus and Serena Williams

There are reasons to be skeptical that we're getting the whole picture here, but as a tribute to the dad who was their first and best coach, "King Richard" is inspiring and entertaining.
TV & Media
November 17, 2021
The new documentary, “Jagged,” about Alanis Morissette debuts on Thursday.

Why you ought to watch Alanis Morissette documentary 'Jagged'

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
November 11, 2021
Jude Hill plays a character based on writer/director Kenneth Branagh in his Irish-set comedy/drama “Belfast.”

Irish eyes smile in 'Belfast,' a nostalgic film based on Kenneth Branagh's childhood

The comedy/drama looks at Northern Ireland's "Troubles" from a child's point of view.
TV & Media
November 10, 2021
Kevin Garnett

In a new Showtime documentary, Kevin Garnett revisits what went wrong in Minnesota

Plus, more of what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.