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  • 'Grand Budapest Hotel' special among Oscar-nominated screenplays

    'Grand Budapest Hotel' special among Oscar-nominated screenplays
    This year's Academy Award-nominated screenplays in the "adapted" category include a trio of variously effective and affecting whitewash jobs based on real people ("American Sniper," "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything"); a ripping melodrama taken from a short film designed to raise money for a feature-length version in the wings ("Whiplash"); and "Inherent Vice," Paul Thomas Anderson's valiant, idiosyncratic go at the Thomas Pynchon noir.
  • Best and worst movies of 2014

    Best and worst movies of 2014
    Out of sheer contrarian perversity, I did everything I could to avoid picking "Boyhood" as the year's best film. It has been lauded so much already; its hype, the increasingly heavy burden of awards-generated expectation, has turned into this gentle...

    Altman doc reminds a critic of why the movies matter -- and when he noticed

    Altman doc reminds a critic of why the movies matter -- and when he noticed
    The 95-minute documentary "Altman" first aired on EPIX cable in August, but it opens for a limited theatrical run next week (Nov. 15, 16 and 20) at the Gene Siskel Film Center. However you see it, despite its necessarily abridged view of director Robert...

    Films worth seeking on the indie circuit

    Films worth seeking on the indie circuit
    We're heading into Oscar-bait season for Hollywood, when the biggest movies tend to suck up all the oxygen. Just as worthy are the offerings from the local art house scene, which reliably features smaller films — indie features, classic films and...

    Cat film fest, featuring video you won't find online

    Cat film fest, featuring video you won't find online
    In 2012, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis launched the International Cat Video Festival, an event both sincere and tongue-in-cheek and featuring — that’s right — cat videos from the Internet. ┬áThe fest was a hit and returns this year...