• Film explores the lives of Dominican baseball players
    The Dominican Republic is famous for the large number of major league baseball players it produces. A new movie, "Sugar," follows the story of one man who tries to make that leap. MPR's Jim Bickal talked to the filmmakers.April 24, 2009
  • Director describes film as a 'mix tape' of the RNC
    The Republican National Convention in St. Paul drew national attention last September. Mainstream media carried images of delegates, protesters and police officers, but documentary director Chris Strouth focused on another angle of the RNC.April 22, 2009
  • 'Paris 36' aims to recapture the good and bad of depression-era France
    A new film opening in the Twin Cities this weekend recreates the joys and crises of Paris between the world wars. "Paris 36" is the story of a theater struggling to survive in the tough economic and political atmosphere of the 1930s.April 17, 2009
  • MSP International Film Festival 27 launches
    Every year many Minnesotans celebrate the arrival of spring by heading inside to watch movies. Tonight, the 27th Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival kicks off with a screening of the romantic comedy "500 Days of Summer."April 16, 2009
  • Pecha Kucha arrives in Minnesota
    A new kind of party designed to cause cross pollination of ideas, arrives in the Twin Cities this week. It's like a salon, but the pace is much quicker. The first challenge may be agreeing on how to pronounce the event's name.April 14, 2009
  • Book explores life-changing movies
    A couple of years ago, Variety magazine editor Robert Hofler began asking prominent people what movies changed their lives. Hofler first published the responses in a column in Variety. Now he's produced an entire book called "The Movie that Changed My Life."March 24, 2009
  • Astra Taylor takes philosophy to the streets
    A new movie called "Examined Life", screening at the Walker Art Center tonight, aims to bring philosophy, both ancient and modern, to bear on life today.March 13, 2009
  • Festival does 3-D the old way, and says it's better
    There's been a flood of 3-D movies recently, but in Minneapolis, film fans have a rare opportunity to see original 1950s 3-D movies shown as they were designed to be seen.March 6, 2009
  • Issues in 'The Class' echo round the world
    While may of us have strong views on schools, what actually happens in the classroom is usually only witnessed by students and teachers. This idea, coupled with the notion that schools are the foundation of society, led French film director Laurent Cantet to make "The Class." It's wowed critics around the world.February 12, 2009
  • Hedwig comes to town
    A local producer is launching a new interactive movie program in the Twin Cities, and as a result, Hedwig is coming to town. Later this week the creator, star and director of the cult film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" will appear as the first guest of "The Talkies" at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights.February 3, 2009
  • Director gets animated for his Oscar-nominated film
    A highly unusual Oscar-nominated documentary opens in Minnesota this weekend. "Waltz with Bashir" is out of the ordinary, because it's animated, and because it deals with the psychological repercussions of a Middle Eastern war a quarter century ago.January 30, 2009
  • Blogger hits big with musings on 'White People'
    Christian Lander makes people uncomfortable -- and makes them laugh. Lander, a native of Canada, is an Internet sensation for his satirical writings on his sblog, "Stuff White People Like."January 28, 2009
  • The Movie Maven's take on Oscar nominations
    The romantic fantasy "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" leads Academy Awards contenders with 13 nominations. MPR's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis breaks down the Oscar favorites.Midday, January 22, 2009
  • Life as a Jewish partisan
    The new film, "Defiance," tells the story of the Bielski brothers, who led a group of Jewish partisans living in the forests of Belarus during World War II. The film mirrors the experience of a Minnesota couple who fought in another Jewish partisan group in the same forest.January 16, 2009
  • Rob Nelson and the B List
    One of the side effects of the video and DVD revolution is people are able to easily watch films of yesteryear. The National Society of Film Critics is trying to help you find the good ones with a series of books of new reviews of older films.January 9, 2009

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