New movies showing in Minneapolis
By Wendy Schadewald (Rating system: 4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)
“Cold War” (R) (3.5) [Some sexual content, nudity, and language.] [Subtitled] — Stunning cinematography and striking music highlight Paweł Pawlikowski’s captivating, critically acclaimed, factually inspired, well-acted, black-and-white, 85-minute, 2018, historical film about the erratic love story of a musical conductor (Tomasz Kot) who falls in love with a beautiful, peasant, ingénue, Polish singer (Joanna Kulig) as he tries to form a folk singing and dancing ensemble along with a musicologist producer (Agata Kulesza) at a music school in Warsaw against the backdrop of Communist Poland in 1949 and when the folk troupe becomes more of a political, propaganda tool with the direction of the administrative manager (Borys Szyc), the couple makes plans to escape to West Berlin, but when she fails to show up at the rendezvous site, their tumultuous relationship becomes an off-and-on-again affair as they meet in Poland, Yugoslavia, Germany, and France until 1964.
“Destroyer” (R) (3) [Language throughout, violence, some sexual content, and brief drug use.] — A gritty, somber, well-acted, 123-minute crime thriller told in flashbacks in which a guilt-ridden, distraught, weary Los Angeles detective (Nicole Kidman), who has a rebellious 16-year-old daughter (Jade Pettyjohn) who lives with her stepfather (Scoot McNairy) and is dating an unsavory older man (Beau Knapp), seeks revenge against a ruthless bank robber (Toby Kebbell) and his gang of cohorts (Bradley Whitford, James Jordan, Tatiana Maslany, and Zach Villa) after a bank teller and an FBI agent (Sebastian Stan) were killed during a bank heist that went awry16 years earlier while she was undercover.
“Glass” (PG-13) (2.5) [Violence, including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.] — M. Night Shyamalan’s violent, quirky, unusual, unevenly paced, star-studded (Anya Taylor Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Luke Kirby, Charlayne Woodard, and Adam David Thompson), 129-minute sequel to the 2001 “Unbreakable” and the 2016 “Split” films as the last installment in the Eastrail 177 trilogy in which three men, including an invincible security guard (Bruce Willis) with abnormal strength, a cannibalistic psychopathic serial killer (James McAvoy) with twenty three personalities, and a wheelchair-bound mastermind (Samuel L. Jackson) with brittle hone disease, who claim they have superhuman abilities end up together at a Philadelphia sanatorium where a mysterious psychiatrist (Sarah Paulson) is researching people with superhero delusions.
“Stan & Ollie” (PG) (4) [Some language and smoking.] — After a falling out in 1937 in Culver City, Calif., when his creative partner Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) is fired by the studio owner (Danny Huston) over a salary dispute in this riveting, entertaining, factually based, pratfall, insightful, 97-minute, biographical comedic drama dominated by amazing acting, sets, costumes, and makeup, legendary comedian Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) goes on to make films without his longtime partner and sixteen years later the iconic comedy team reconnect to try to revive their stagnant careers by going on a tour run by a slick British booking agent (Rufus Jones) of music halls throughout Great Britain in 1953 with the support of their wives (Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda) who eventually visit them while crisscrossing the United Kingdom.
“The Upside” (PG-13) (3.5) [Suggestive content and drug use.] A heartwarming, realistic, well-acted, factually based, well-paced, funny, thought-provoking, star-dotted (Julianna Marguiles, Tate Donovan, and Golshifteh Farahani), 125-minute remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables” in which a wealthy, widowed, Manhattan billionaire and novelist (Bryan Cranston), who becomes a quadriplegic after a tragic paragliding accident, hires a streetwise ex-con (Kevin Hart), who has an ex-wife (Aja Naomi King) and son (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), to be his personal assistant against the advice of his business executive (Nicole Kidman), but ultimately they end up having a profound effect on each other’s lives.
“Art & Copy” (NR) (2.5) [DVD only] — An interesting, informative, and colorful, 90-minute, 2009 documentary that chronicles the history and scope of the advertising industry, including the mediums of television, billboards, radio, and hard-copy print, through commercial snippets and interviews with advertising executives (such as Mary Wells, Phyllis K. Robinson, Cliff Freeman, Hal Riney, George Lois, Rich Silverstein, Jeff Goodby, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, and Jeff Manning), writers such as Jim Durfee and Charlie Moss, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, and even bulletin board builder Chad Tiedeman.
“Beautiful Losers” (NR) (2.5) [DVD only] — Colorful graffiti and artwork and snippets from films such “Gummo,” “Deformer,” and “Creative Life Store” from filmmakers Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, and Cheryl Dunn, respectively, highlight this vibrant and fascinating, 90-minute, 2009 documentary in which a diverse group of artists (such as Margaret Kilgallen, Thomas Campbell, Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, Jo Jackson, Chris Johnson, Geoff McFetridge, and Mark Gonzales), photographers Ed and Deanne Templeton, singer and banjo player Peggy Honeywell, and t-shirt designer Shepard Fairey, discuss art in all its aspects and its influences on the art world.
“I Love You, Man” (R) (2) [Pervasive language, including crude and sexual references.] [DVD only] — After a nice-guy real estate agent (Paul Rudd) in Los Angeles proposes to his girlfriend (Rashida Jones) of 8 months to the excitement of his parents (Jane Curtin and J.K. Simmons) and his openly gay brother (Andy Samberg) in this predictable, sporadically funny, romantic, 105-minute, 2009 comedy, he desperately searches for a chummy best friend to be his best man (Jason Segel).
“Unmistaken Child” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — Breathtaking scenery highlights this fascinating and informative 102-minute, 2008 documentary that follows devout Buddhist disciple Tenzin Zopa as he diligently searches for the reincarnation of Tibetan Buddhist master Geshe Lama Konchog in March 2005 and finds young boy Tenzin Ngodrup in Choekang Village in Nepal, who is acknowledged by the Dali Lama on Dec. 17, 2005, as the reincarnation of the Buddhist master and renamed Tenzin Phuntsuk Rinpoche.
“The Unwinking Gaze: The Inside Story of the Dala Lama’s Struggle for Tibet” (PG) (2.5) [DVD only] — Dr. Andrew Fische narrates this intimate, educational, 79-minute, 2008 documentary in which filmmaker Joshua Dugdale and his crew followed the XIV Dala Lama for 3 years from his interviews with world leaders, his speaking engagements in Canada, to his lectures in England as he walks a volatile and fine political tightrope regarding the controversial and hot issue of Tibet’s independence from China.
“Worlds Apart” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A bittersweet, poignant, factually based, 116-minute, 2008 Danish film about a smart and independent 17-year-old student (Rosalinde Mynster), who lives with her two siblings (Sarah Juel Werner and Jacob Ottensten) and is estranged from her exiled older brother (Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt), whose confusing and turbulent world is torn apart when she learns that her father (Jens Jørn Spottag), who is a Jehovah’s Witness elder, has cheated on her mother (Sarah Boberg) and then becomes vulnerable to the advances of a well-intentioned 23-year-old man (Johan Philip Asbæk) not of her faith.
Film Critic Wendy Schadewald reviewed films in the Twin Cities since 1986, and has been a guest critic on KARE-11’s Showcase Minnesota, WCCO radio, and AMC-950 radio. She reviews more than 250 films annually and has been a film buff for as long as she can remember. To see more of her film reviews, log on to shortredheadreelreviews.com.
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