Category Archives: Movies

Favorite Movies of 2016

As this past fall was approaching, my impression was that 2016 had been a pretty lousy year for movies, but by the end of the year, looking over all that I’d seen, I realized just how many excellent movies there … Continue reading

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The Seen Scene: MSPIFF 2016

For the third year in a row, I attended a fairly sizeable batch of films at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.  This year I saw nineteen films, perhaps twenty if this Thursday I make the “best of” screening of … Continue reading

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Favorite Movies of 2015

I saw a lot of good movies in 2015, some were even great. Not all of them were first released this year—for example, Take Up Productions put on brief Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock retrospectives sprinkled across a couple theaters … Continue reading

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The Plain Truth: Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight

There’s a moment in Tom McCarthy’s latest film Spotlight when Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) crosses out a word from a manuscript about the systemic cover-up of child molestation by priests in the Catholic Church that his crack … Continue reading

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The Look of Love: Todd Haynes’ Carol

Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a bored, young department store clerk graced with waifish good looks, forced against her will to don a Santa Claus hat by her termagant manager—clearly Therese does not radiate enough holiday cheer to get the … Continue reading

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Police Action: Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario

When did the “War on Drugs” escalate into an actual war? Watching the opening of director Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, in which the FBI crash through the front of a house with an enormous, armored vehicle, one is reminded of images … Continue reading

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Going Viral: Ridley Scott’s The Martian

There is an ambivalent moment in Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Martians,” when the father of an Earth family colonizing Mars promises his family he’ll show them Martians only to reveal their reflections on the placid surface of a deserted … Continue reading

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