Movie Review – ‘Captain Underpants’ Overflows with Potty Humor, Delighting Kids and Ignoring Adults

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When I was in third grade, I really wanted to see the movie Blank Check. My parents, on the other hand, weren’t so thrilled. Eventually, I convinced them to rent it for me and I loved it. As expected, they didn’t. Honestly, in my childhood mind, I didn’t understand why. But then I re-watched it this year and it all made total sense. Blank Check is geared entirely to kids in every way imaginable with no logical reasoning built into the story whatsoever. And who remembers Blank Check? No one.

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Filmed in Minnesota, ‘Wilson’ Premieres to Excited, Packed Theater


The line to see the Minnesota-based film Wilson grew quickly at the Showplace Icon Theater at the West End in St. Louis Park, hosted by the Twin Cities Film Festival. The excitement was palpable. It’s been some time since a major studio out of Hollywood set up shop to film an entire movie in the Twin Cities. Local actors and crew were excited to see their work on the big screen.

According to director Craig Johnson, the film was originally planned to be shot in Oakland, but that location was “cost prohibitive.” However, With the help of the “Snowbate” by the Minnesota Film Commission, a reimbursement program to attract major films, Johnson and Fox Searchlight decided to bring the production to the Twin Cities. According to Lucinda Winter, Executive Director of the MN Film & TV Board, they filmed over 50 Minnesota locations in under 30 days, hiring local actors and production crews, totaling 165 people working on the production. Overall, Fox Searchlight spent 4 Million dollars in Minnesota, benefiting the local economy.[Continue Reading]

Movie Review – ‘Table 19’ is a Great Idea, But Never Lands

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who gets to parade around in the bride and groom inner circle, weddings are atrocious affairs, filled with sitting, waiting and talking with strangers you’d more than likely avoid in everyday life. And, much like the seven circles of hell, the further you get away from the wedding party, the more the torment increases until you’re just not sure why you showed up in the first place.

This is the genius behind the idea of Table 19, a quirky and awkward indie-wannabe comedy starring Anna Kendrick. Unfortunately, any initial greatness the idea possessed dies upon implementation and is tossed in its own leper colony along the way.

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Movie Review — ‘Inherent Vice’ Lacking in Substance… But Not Substances

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Inherent Vice is the newest film of the eclectic Paul Thomas Anderson’s writer/director career. Based on the book bearing the same name (by Thomas Pynchon) the work straddles many genres: having a pastiche of detective, satirical, romantic, comedic and magical realism elements (in truth I wouldn’t know where to classify the film on Netflix).

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‘The Judge’ Offers a Hung Jury

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I’ll begin my assessment by reassuring those who are excited to see The Judge: this is a satisfying movie. If idyllic Americana visuals, gravy-thick themes and archetypal yet well-developed characters engage your interest, then go ahead, see this film. My criticisms, which are many, nearly all fall under cosmetic categories. The flaws won’t jump through the screen, unless you have a particular dislike for court dramas.

Cinematography Prevails!

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Nick Swardson Returns to MN on ‘Taste It’ Comedy Tour

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We Minnesotans love to embellish our notoriety by reminding out-of-towners of our beloved celebrities. We’ll say, “We gave you Prince, and Bob Dylan,” and to the right crowd, we might even add, “… and Nick Swardson.”

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‘The Fluffy Movie’ Opens This Friday — Our Interview with Gabriel Iglesias

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Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias has taken the comedy world by storm over the last several years, and it’s likely he’s made you laugh out loud at some point along the way.

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Local Amateur Comedians Perform Free on Mondays at ‘Acme Comedy Company’

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending a show at the Acme Comedy Company. It’s located in downtown Minneapolis on First Street, but just far enough on the outskirts to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown. But if you’re looking for a quiet time then look somewhere else. The show will be filled with a constant flow of laughter from the audience matched with high spirited energy.

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