MAY Viewing Recap, Top 3 MSPIFF 2015 + Movie of the Month

Well May turns out to be quite a busy movie watching month! Surprising since I only went to one press screening all month (Tomorrowland). I am looking forward to quite a few screenings in June: Spy (this Tuesday!), Inside Out, Jurassic World and Terminator Genisys. I REALLY want to see Me and Earl and the …

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APRIL Viewing Recap, Movie of the Month + Looking forward to 2015 Wizard World Minneapolis!

Whoah, April's been a freakishly busy month thanks to MSPIFF! Check out the banner below to check out our reviews from the Minneapolis/St Paul Film Festival, I have this image widget on my blog sidebar for easy access as well. I'll have my MSPIFF recap next week as well as my and Josh's picks top …

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MSPIFF 2015 Reviews: Unlikely Heroes (Schweizer Helden) + El Crítico (The Film Critic)

Unlikely Heroes (Schweizer Helden) An uneven picture, Unlikely Heroes is about Sabine (Esther Gemsch), a middle-aged woman in the midst of a lengthy separation from her husband and devolving relationships with friends. She is emotionally unstable. But when she stumbles on a home for asylum seekers, she finds purpose in trying to introduce psychodrama, a …

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MSPIFF 2015 Reviews: Belle et Sébastien + The Keeping Room

Belle et Sebastien Despite being sometimes sappy and overly safe, Belle et Sébastien still mostly succeeds, primarily because Sebastian (Felix Bossuet) and Belle (a dog) are captivatingly adorable. It helps that their bond of friendship is keenly developed, as well. The film opens with a group of mountain men, including Cesar (Tcheky Karyo), Sebastian’s primary caretaker, hunting …

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MSPIFF 2015 Film Spotlight: The Center – Interview with filmmaker Charlie Griak & lead actor Matt Cici

One of the most exciting parts of MSPIFF 2015 are the regional premieres of various films, and this one has a personal connection to the city. Produced by Jonathan Demme (director of Silence of the Lamb, Philadelphia, Beloved) and shot locally in St Paul, Charlie Griak’s atmospheric debut focuses on a vulnerable young man who falls …

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MSPIFF 2015 Reviews: Bogowie (Gods) + To Life! + A Brilliant Young Mind (X Plus Y)

Gods (Bogowie) A thrilling biopic about a 1980s era cardiologist bringing heart transplants to Poland, Gods is often riveting. Start with director Lukasz Palkowski’s opening, when he montages the fallout from the first ever (failed) attempt by a Polish doctor to transplant a heart from one patient to another. Here the director immediately and powerfully …

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MSPIFF 2015 Review: Clouds of Sils Maria

At first glance, the film sounds like another commentary on the state of the entertainment industry. But it's a rarity to see a complex female character at the center of it, and the film benefited from three excellent performances by Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz. An unlikely trio to be sure, yet each brings such authenticity …

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