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The Railway Man is too punishing for its own good

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00am

Has it ever occurred to contemporary commercial filmmakers that maybe audiences could take a movie’s word for it that a character has been tortured? That perhaps implication and skilled acting could communicate the idea with sufficient power, and that we might all be spared the screaming an...

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Jude Law goes for greatness in Dom Hemingway

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00am

Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law. Britain’s prettiest export did the best he could with his burden of good looks. He played a genetic ideal in Gattaca, a robotic ideal in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and in The Talented Mr. Ripley, his golden...

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Transcendence gives up the ghost in the machine

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00am

Sometimes it’s helpful to know certain details about how a film has come together. And sometimes it’s just so much information. Transcendence, the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s go-to cinematographer, Wally Pfister, was shot on film rather than digitally, as mos...

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Nacirema: Stories of Color explores race

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00am

While the Twin Cities' stages still tend to be lily-white, more creators of color are finding spaces for their work. After facing well-deserved criticism for the monochromatic makeup of recent seasons, the Guthrie Theater is featuring three works directed by African-American artists, featuring Af...

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Nicolas Cage's Joe lays bare a culture's collapse

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00am

It's been 5 million years since humanity hauled itself from the swamp, and according to Joe director David Gordon Green, we're devolving back into muck. This grimly beautiful drama starring Nicholas Cage makes mankind's progress feel even hazier and more hopeless, as though we may as well ...

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Black Diet's long journey to Find Your Tambourine

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00am

Black Diet have band practice every Tuesday evening at the south Minneapolis home of bassist Garrison Grouse, fondly dubbed the "Grouse House." The event feels less like rehearsal and more like a weekly family reunion, complete with home-cooked food and playful bickering between bandmates.

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