America's last movie star sealed his fate on Oprah's couch
Playing another screw-up, he makes a bid for consideration as a great American actor
Will Beall's transition from detective to Hollywood's A-list
Sean Penn's aging rock star makes an unlikely Nazi-hunter
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language
Jared Diamond says the success of a given civilization is based on three things: "Guns, Germs, and Steel." What he means is, dont open your surf shop in Gary, Indiana, and dont dig for gold in your laundry hamper. If Diamond were to write a book on making it in the music industry, I highly doubt ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmEddie Vedder and Glen Hansard July 2, 2011Orpheum TheaterEddie Vedder's stated goal in picking up the ukulele over a decade ago was to make that happy little instrument sound as sad as he was. And while there certainly was plenty of sorrow imbued in Vedder's songs Saturday ni ... More >>
Terrence Malick's film remembers childlike ideas of God
As the world cowers in fear of the Great Retribution "about" to befall us, we have to wonder what we're so afraid of. Firstly: if everything is reduced to nothingness tomorrow, then our unexistence probably won't bother us too much. I mean, gnomes and unicorns don't seem too upset about their ... More >>
Reviews from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
In case you hadn't guessed by now, Kanye West will not relent, he will not back down, he will not take a non-working vacation, he will not seclude himself on a remote island in a toga with Buddhist monks or exploit his life story in self-help book form or film a Twitter infomercial.No, West will ... More >>
Also, Scorsese drops 3-D bomb with Hugo Cabaret
Sometime after immortalizing Gen Y idiocy in That 70's Show and Dude, Where's My Car? and sometime prior to re-branding himself as a Nikon pitchman, Ashton Kutcher executive-produced and hosted an MTV show called Punk'd where he orchestrated over-the-top pranks, usually at the expense of other b ... More >>
Casey Affleck directs while Phoenix aims to prove a point
Southwest will win you over with its reasonable fares, less so with its paltry peanuts and pretzels.
Local wine shops suggest cava, Napa wines to liven up your Academy Awards party.
Irish whiskey will make you feel frisky at The Kitty Cat Klub. Meow.
Rourke gets back in the ring with The Wrestler
Which movies got you the most for your money in '08?
For once, this season's movies don't ask you to check your brains at the door
A jury divided unites around Laurent Cantet's schoolhouse drama
Reflecting its moment, Cannes 2008 takes a decidedly serious tone
Elvis Costello's greatest album tops this week's pop culture picks
Readers respond to "A Long Way Down"
The Songs We Can't Escape
Saffron, the most buzzed-about Middle Eastern restaurant in the history of Minnesota, offers unique pleasures if you know how to order
Director Sean Penn Delivers a Soulful Road Movie About a Young Man's Tragic Adventure Into the Alaskan Wilderness
'Death of a President' and other film fest trigger-pullers blow away dissent
Chris Penn RIP, New Orleans needs busboys, not enough copies of "Brokeback Mountain" for military theaters, the 50 most loathsome people in America, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and 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 >>
Will the unholy wailing of teen balladeers ever end?
The 'South Park' boys pull the strings in the new 'America'
How to remake the New York Film Festival's arthouse esoterica for the midwestern megaplex
With the remorseful 'Mystic River,' Clint Eastwood gets even with Dirty Harry
The Venice Film Festival gives voice to the global cacophony
The money swapping was typically dubious. The movies were surprisingly bold. A story treatment from Hollywood's mountain outpost, Sundance 2001.
In Sweet and Lowdown, Woody Allen tells the tale of New York jazz in the Thirties--without black people
The movies of '98 posed the question: Haven't we seen this somewhere before?
That's a Wrap: Wim Wenders's stars play out his biscotti metaphor in The End of Violence.
Movies in 1995 didn't completely suck--assuming you knew where to look.