Guest Review: PATERSON (2016)

Written/Directed By: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani Runtime: 1 hr 58 minutes Jim Jarmusch films can be challenging and Paterson (2016) is no exception. Audiences who are accustomed to plot or character-driven stories will find themselves grappling instead with a mood in search of a reason. Without a genre label to help, we must work through …

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Guest Review: LIFE (2017)

Directed By: Daniel Espinosa Written By: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick Runtime: 1 hr 43 minutes I wish I could at least pretend to be as cool as the other writers who sit around me at these press screenings. I wish I could go to a genuinely scary movie like Life and calmly take notes, looking up at …

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Guest Review: THE INNOCENTS (2016)

Directed By: Anne Fontaine Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza Runtime: 1 hr 55 minutes Most war films recount history as if women were never involved or their experiences not worth mentioning. That is just one of many reasons why The Innocents (2016) stands out in the war film genre: it is about, for, and made …

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Guest Review: Beauty and The Beast (2017)

Directed By: Bill Condon Written By: Stephen Chbosky & Evan Spiliotopoulos Runtime: 2 hours 9 minutes I cannot begin to explain how excited I was to get to review this movie. If I hadn’t been in a theater with about twenty-five other reviewers, I might have burst into tears as soon as the title appeared on screen. Beauty …

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Music Break: St Patrick’s Day Special – Favorite songs from movies set in Ireland

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY everyone! I'm wearing green today… we're all Irish on March 17th, right?  In my Sing Street review I said I was going to make a Music Break post dedicated to that movie. Well I haven't got a chance to do so but hey, it's perfect for today! Since I haven't done …

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Guest Review: JULIETA (2016)

Written/Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar Cast: Adriana Ugarte, Michelle Jenner, Rossy de Palma,Emma Suårez, Inma Cuesta Runtime: 1 hr 39 minutes You may enjoy Julieta (2016) more if you know that it is a women’s film from the melodrama genre and a story of pure emotion. While it is labelled a romance it is nothing like a romance and …

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Everybody’s Chattin’ + Trailer Spotlight: WONDER WOMAN (trailer 3)

Hi everyone! Hope all is well in your part of the world. Well I don't have to tell you that my life's been practically consumed by my short film now. As they say, writing is pretty much rewriting and that's where it's at now… constant script revisions. It's a very exhausting, humbling and also fruitful learning …

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Guest Coverage & Reviews of Frozen River Film Festival 2017

The Twin Cities might be more well-known for their arts and culture scene than other parts of Minnesota, but there are plenty of small towns that have so much to offer as well-Winona, for example. Okay, I might be a little biased, as it is home to my beloved alma mater (Winona State University), but …

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Guest Review: TONI ERDMANN (2016)

Written/Directed By: Maren Ade Cast: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn Runtime: 2 hr 42 minutes Parent-child conflict is a universal theme that can be spun into an infinite variety of narrative fabrics and colours. For mothers, it is often treated as an angst-ridden melodrama while for fathers it is usually a comedy. Each relationship mix has …

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Five for the Fifth: MARCH 2017 Edition

Welcome to FlixChatter's blog series! As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here. 1. I know it's been over a week since the death …

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