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Rob likes 'North Country,' Charlize Theron talks

class=img_thumbleft>Forget praise from the film's subject

herself

. My fears about

North Country

, opening

Friday

, were put to rest by Minnesota cinema connoisseur Rob Nelson

in today's City Pages

: "Minnesota-movie vets, including Chris Mulkey (

Patti Rocks

) and Frances McDormand (

you betcha

), were offered supporting roles as part of what could easily be seen as a show of respect for our cinematic tradition," writes Nelson. "(Boy-from-the-north-country

Bob Dylan

was tapped to supply a half-dozen vintage tunes.) And, consciously or not, [director Niki] Caro seems to be channeling the independent spirit of

Wildrose

(1984), John Hanson and Sandra Schulberg's little-seen classic about the struggles of an Eveleth divorcee (Lisa Eichhorn) working among sexist men at the Iron Range's Mesabi Mine." Read Rob's

appreciation

of

The Heartbreak Kid

for background (cover image

here

), and check out this

social action organization

spawned by

North Country

and

Good Night, and Good Luck

, with accompanying

group blog

. (See also: a

hi-def North Country trailer

,

Ranger reactions

, a real Ranger's

preview

, and other items in

MNSpeak's search engine

.) Theron and Caro will participate in a video-conference Q&A after a 7:00 p.m. screening tonight (Wednesday) at the

Regal Eagan Cinema 16

. A screening at

Lagoon Cinema

on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., sponsored by and benefiting Minnesota Women in Film and Television, will be followed by a panel discussion of sexual harassment in the workplace.


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