It's candied Kafka onscreen
Any time that Oscar-winning St. Louis Park filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen announce that they are releasing a new film, there is going to be plenty of local interest. When they decided to set their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, in the early '60s folk music scene of New York City that would eventuall ... More >>
Nine Inch Nails: Tension TourWith Explosions in the SkyXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, September 28, 2013A quarter century after forming Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is finally losing his edge. Some say it happened a long time ago, but it's definitely happening -- in spite of his beautiful f ... More >>
Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton do themselves an injustice in misguided comedy
Norwegian feature re-creates Heyerdahl's epic 1947 Pacific voyage
Ryan Bingham's voice sounds like the guy has spent decades blowing through cartons of cheap cigarettes and gallons of cheaper whiskey somewhere along the lonely, broken mid-American highways. A former bull rider who spent a good chunk of his teens and early 20s on the rodeo circuit, Bingham bounced ... More >>
Earlier this year, Minnesota Republicans said they wanted to see Norm Coleman challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. They won't get their wish.SEE ALSO:-- Norm Coleman on Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance: Obamas "owe Hollywood so much" -- Norm Coleman's "shadowy" American Action Network under fire fo ... More >>
Locally bred Oscar-winning auteurs Joel and Ethan Coen have never shied away from drawing inspiration from their Minnesota upbringing to use in their films. Both Fargo and A Serious Man candidly reflect all-too-familiar aspects of life around these parts as well as lasting impressions that the creat ... More >>
The iconic director emerges with one of his most ambitious films yet, Django Unchained
Every year, we give our Picked to Click voters the chance to choose the best in new local bands. We've always been thrilled by the votes rolling in one-by-one, watching the tally marks add up for all the different Twin Cities acts. While it's fun to total the votes, we have just as much fun seeing a ... More >>
A comedy of everyday absurdity merged with family tragedy
Even if you have no money, there's always something fun and free to do around town on the weekends. This installment of Freeloader Friday features a slew of CD-release concerts, a rockin' party for toddlers, a chili cook-off for vegans, and an awesome Oscar party at Brit's. Come take a look at o ... More >>
Red Tails, This Is Forty, and more
The stage was set with a long white-linen-covered table, holding gleaming covered trays. Beneath them were the trophy plates inscribed with the names of the winners for the Twin Cities' first annual Charlie Awards. Organized by preeminent foodie Sue Zelickson with the help of wonder produce ... More >>
And the Oscar goes to ...When it comes to presidential campaign videos, Mitt Romney compares to Tim Pawlenty the way CSPAN compares to Fox News. With Mitt, you get a rich, boring white Republican guy with great hair, droning into the camera about how awful Barack Obama is. Why so serious, M ... More >>
DeVotchKa's European influence is abundant throughout all of their music, but one thing stands out with their recent album, 100 Lovers: Romance. Not the kind of romance that initially comes to mind; I'm not talking roses and rainbows, puppies and poppy-seed muffins. The type of romance that em ... More >>
Follow Nancy Barnes.Nancy Barnes, the editor of the Star Tribune, has entered the Twitterverse, which seems like a good idea since a lot of her staff are already there. But it sounds like she'd rather be someplace else. Barnes is a "lifelong journalist, Star Tribune editor, mother of three ... More >>
Sex and the City 2You've got 10 bucks and two hours, and you don't want to waste any of it. We can help. Here's our guide to the best and worst movies this weekend. OPENING FLEE: Sex and the City 2 The four aging BFFs struggle on with work-life challenges (Miranda), child-care dilemmas (Cha ... More >>
Odd, that a pop star would appear vapid under the microscope. Lynn Hirschberg, longtime writer for The Grey Lady, may be best known for her super smackdown of Courtney Love, pointing out Courtney's drug abuse while pregnant (and which ended with an attempted bludgeoning by an Academy Award). Hirs ... More >>
You've got 10 bucks and two hours, and you don't want to waste any of it. We can help. Here's our guide to the best and worst movies playing this weekend. OPENING SEE: Ajami A contemporary crime drama edged with Greek tragedy, Ajami is set in a volatile, rundown quarter of Jaffa in Israel. The ... More >>
You've got 10 bucks and two hours, and you don't want to waste any of it. We can help.
Now that the 2008 election is long over, he's bored with the Minnesota recount and he made an attempt to predict the Oscar winners, FiveThirtEight's Nate Silver is looking ahead to 2012 Republican presidential prospects.
ZibraZibra sweep local band contests (and head off to college)
Ananya Chatterjea turns a sex-workers union into a liberation dance
A Prairie Home Companion, the new film written by Garrison Keillor (who also stars) and directed by Robert Altman, was a crowd-pleaser at The Berlin International Film Festival, and is considered a strong contender to win its Golden Bear award. (The winner will be announced Saturday the 18t ... More >>
Size matters in holiday movies, but shorts make an impression
THESE DAYS The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina. When tragedy strikes, our nation once again asks, how can we give Halliburton more money??? President Bush ha ... More >>
I'm merely paraphrasing a Drudge Report headline noting Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn's futile attempt to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The linked story, from the Herald Sun, details Penn's misadventures in piloting a rescue boat that sprang a leak immediately after launch. Appare ... More >>
The kids stay out of the picture--blessedly--in 'Film School'
The Walker's 'Women with Vision' breaks the law of inertia
Poet (and novelist) Michael Ondaatje mines the culture of old Ceylon for the lapidary essence of language
Feeling Minnesota...Not!: Jeff Bridges and John Goodman in Joel and Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski.