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Fargo Film Festival hits the jackpot with North Dakota oil patch documentaries

North Dakota was a national punchline for decades, a flat, arid state that was losing population and seemed more remote from “The Real America” with every passing year. “Fargo” wasn’t just a film title, it was a state of isolation, … Continue reading

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Next screening: “Need for Speed”

“Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul gets a taste of big screen leading man work — co-starring with a bunch of cars — in “Need for Speed.” All the trailers have had the stench of digitally-augmented car stunts, which is both … Continue reading

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Today’s first screening: “Alan Partridge”

If you don’t know the name, you’ve been remiss in keeping up with your BBC America viewing. Steve Coogan’s greatest TV creation, a dumb, shallow and embittered talk show host with a jones for ABBA — and himself — has … Continue reading

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Today’s first screening: “Stalingrad”

Interesting use of the IMAX screen and 3D format here, an epic Russian-based recounting of the pivotal battle of World War II — Stalingrad. Thomas Kreutschmann (“The Pianist”) is the most familiar face and name in the cast of this … Continue reading

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Today’s screening: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Wes Anderson did it, Bill Murray did a Charlie Rose interview promoting it. It’s going to be daft and twee and all those words critics like to use about comedies that make you titter and smirk in wry recognition. Love … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Guardians of the Galaxy,” are we excited yet?

Maybe. The tone’s right — this trailer’s a bit of a “Get the band together” stiff. But John C. Reilly, Djimon Honsou, a sort of “Firefly” take on galactic “heroes.” It could work. Summer.

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Today’s screening: “Son of God”

You won’t recognize a lot of faces in this story of the rise of Jesus, a faith-based film that apparently has a LOT of flashbacks — based on the credits. Not just back to his birth, but with Moses and … Continue reading

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A Comedy Central Key & Peele plug for “Non-Stop.” With “Liam Neesons…”

Kind of retro, comedy that flirts with stereotyping — but that’s kind of their point, this Key and Peele. Right? Pretty funny, in a broad “Amos’n Andy” sense.

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Movie Preview: Scarlett Johansson gets “Under the Skin”

And then some. Yes, the woman who carried “Her” with just her sexy voice is shaking her other assets in this trailer. Oh my. “Alien seductress?” The hitchhikers in Scotland that she falls in with don’t stand a chance.

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Movie Preview: “Malificent” puts La Jolie in a witchy mood

It looks Disneyfied, which is to be expected — a live action take on “Sleeping Beauty” from the witch’s point of view is pretty much what we’d expect. This trailer has a lot more of the animated “Sleeping Beauty” to … Continue reading

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