• Oscar-nominated actor credits Minn. for his dramatic roots
    Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes is heading home to Alexandria in west-central Minnesota this week, and he's bringing his new film "Earthwork." While it's been 30 years since he lived in Minnesota, he says his success is rooted in his home state.June 22, 2011
  • Director mines his own tale in new film 'Beginners'
    Life can serve up some strange twists, as film director Mike Mills knows. Mills' new feature "Beginners," which opens this week in Minneapolis, is based on a revelation in his own life.June 17, 2011
  • Malick's 'The Tree of Life' a deeply intimate film
    Minneapolis producer Bill Pohlad's controversial new film "The Tree of Life" opens in Minnesota this weekend. It recently won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and drew raves from some critics, but others found it mystifying and even pretentious.June 3, 2011
  • Cube Critics talk about mutant superheroes
    The Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr sit in adjoining cubicles at Minnesota Public Radio News, and their conversation usually centers on cinema. On this week's edition of Cube Critics, it's mutant superheroes and a deeply philosophical flick.June 1, 2011
  • Cube Critics and their favorite movies
    Put two film fanatics in adjoining cubicles at Minnesota Public Radio News and you know what they'll be talking about. Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr are the Cube Critics and today, they picked their favorite movies of the year -- so far.May 25, 2011
  • Chan Poling performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    Minneapolis native Chan Poling has been in the business of entertaining since 1977. Jeremy Messersmith, the Laurels Quartet and Brian Roessler join Chan to perform some of his favorite film themes. Film-music expert Andy Trudeau will also join us to discuss some familiar cinematic scores.Midmorning, May 20, 2011
  • The Cube Critics talk about vampires and pirates
    Arts reporter Euan Kerr works in the cubicle next to Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, at Minnesota Public Radio News. They spend a lot of time chatting about films. Today, vampires, pirates and beavers are conversational highlights on Cube Critics.May 18, 2011
  • Director considers the Western through different eyes
    In her new film "Meek's Cutoff," director Kelly Reichardt creates a very different kind of Western. Reichardt is celebrated for making thought-provoking work which raises more questions than it answers. "Meeks Cutoff" follows families on the Oregon trail who get lost in the desert.May 6, 2011
  • Movie Maven: "Meeks Cutoff" is riveting, "Something Borrowed" is boring
    Each Friday at 8:30 am, MPR's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis talks with The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about the cinematic highlights of the upcoming weekend.May 6, 2011
  • Local film is literally 'Stuck Between Stations'
    The 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival wraps Thursday night with a local film that's causing a lot of buzz. "Stuck Between Stations" is set in Minneapolis, written and directed by Minneapolitans, and made by an overwhelmingly Minnesota crew.May 4, 2011
  • 14-year-old filmmaker recounts the trauma of 9/11
    The eighth-grader's look at the 9/11 he and fellow students experienced gets its debut screening Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival's Family Festival.April 30, 2011
  • Movie Maven: Local film, "Stuck Between Stations", is magical
    Every Friday, MPR Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis talks to The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about new movies.April 29, 2011
  • Cube Critics talk about teen movie fans
    Stephanie Curtis, MPR's Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr work in adjoining cubes in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, where they share their latest multiplex and art house adventures. In this installment of Cube Critics, they talk about turning prepubescent teens into cinephiles.April 28, 2011
  • 'Supersize Me' filmmaker sells out with a smile
    Morgan Spurlock wants to sell you something. Actually many things. The maverick filmmaker who ate nothing but fast food for a month for his movie, "Supersize Me," has now turned his attention to product placement in films.April 27, 2011
  • Dashing war documentarian killed in Libya
    Tim Hetherington lived to bring the viewer painfully close to the raw and terrible truths of battle. That's how he died on Wednesday.April 20, 2011

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