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Dan Fogler, left, and Topher Grace sing along with piano accompaniment on Wednesday Feb 9 at the Shout House in Minneapolis.  The two celebrities made an appearance promoting their new film Take Me Home Tonight, which releases March 4.

Young Americans

March 3, 2011

Nostalgia can be easy fodder for the comedy filmmaker, twice removed from their source material by time and the erratic revolutions of fashion. But making a movie about bygone days that appeals to oneâÄôs...

Sudeikis and Wilson wondering why they're in this lousy movie

Pass on “Hall Pass”

February 24, 2011

âÄúHall PassâÄù Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters The Farrelly brothers have made...

Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) mingles at an insurance convention.

Midwest state of mind

February 17, 2011

âÄúCedar RapidsâÄù Directed by: Miguel Arteta Starring: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters The Great Middle West has long been the subject of mockery...

Tempt not a desperate gnome

February 10, 2011

âÄúGnomeo and JulietâÄù Directed by: Kelly Asbury Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine Rated: G Showing at: Area theaters ShakespeareâÄôs âÄúRomeo and JulietâÄù...

The Black Eyed Peas: Death of a Super Bowl halftime show

February 7, 2011

Watching The Who pay homage to impotence during last year’s Super Bowl half time show was painful, to be sure; but this year’s performance, courtesy of The Black Eyed Peas, was so excruciating —...

There’s a starman killing lots of guys

February 3, 2011

âÄúMass Effect 2âÄù Rated: M Distributed for: PS3, PC, Xbox 360 Those who shun the likes of Microsoft and its various omnipresent offshoots may be unfamiliar with the âÄúMass EffectâÄù...

Heroes and villains

January 27, 2011

âÄúDC Universe OnlineâÄù RATED: T DISTRIBUTED FOR: PS3, Windows   Sony Online EntertainmentâÄôs âÄúDC Universe OnlineâÄù is the modern nerdâÄôs wet...

Emma (Portman) and Adam (Kutcher) share an unromantic meal.

The ties that bind

January 20, 2011

âÄúNo Strings AttachedâÄù Directed by: Ivan Reitman Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters   The romantic comedy is not a genre defined...

Winter break movie guide

December 25, 2010

The holidays can be a time of great familial bonding, or a time of heated skirmishes with the ogres you call parents. Regardless of where your family stands, the movies offer a chance to get together,...

The primitive pair goes bananas for monkeyin' around. Pardon the... apish puns.

The return of the Kong

December 9, 2010

âÄúDonkey Kong Country ReturnsâÄù RATED: E DISTRIBUTED FOR: Nintendo Wii In the 1995 comedy classic âÄúBilly Madison,âÄù Adam Sandler argues that âÄúDonkey Kong,âÄù...

Gwar wreaks musical havoc in Minneapolis

December 7, 2010

I vividly recall the first time I heard of Gwar: I was playing the "Beavis and Butt-head" videogame for Super Nintendo, the goal of which was to collect two tickets for the Gwar show that night, by any...

Ralston (James Franco) surveys the land that will really screw him over.

Life is gorges

November 24, 2010

  "127 Hours" Directed by: Danny Boyle Starring: James Franco Rated: R Showing at: Landmark Uptown Theatre   ItâÄôs safe to say that, even in a life-or-death situation, itâÄôs...

Favre-y the Blowman

Favre-y the Blowman

November 18, 2010

âÄúBrett FavreâÄôs Christmas Spectacular II: The Second ComingâÄù WHEN: Various dates, through Jan. 29 WHERE: Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre TICKETS: Prices vary,   Brett...

Ethan (Galifianakis) and Peter (RDJ) hitting another bump in the road.

The odd couple

November 11, 2010

âÄúDue DateâÄù Directed by: Todd Phillips Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters   The road movie is one of those genres thatâÄôs...

It’s not easy being mean

November 4, 2010

Nice guys finish last, so the saying goes, but villainy isnâÄôt all itâÄôs cracked up to be. ItâÄôs a life of bitterness and solitude, replete with failure brought about by those...

Electric avenue

Electric avenue

November 3, 2010

    WHO:Electric Six WHEN:Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m. WHERE:First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N COST:$12   Sex, drugs, rock âÄònâÄô roll âÄî DetroitâÄôs Electric...


Death rides a sluggish horse

October 28, 2010

âÄúHereafterâÄù Directed by: Clint Eastwood Starring: Matt Damon, Cécile De France, Frankie and George McLaren Rated: PG-13 Showing at: Area theaters   Death has always...

Interview: The men of “Jackass”

October 21, 2010

Anyone whose seen the âÄúJackassâÄù series knows that its cast members are quasi-insane, willing to do anything for the camera so long as it earns them a laugh. It shouldnâÄôt come...

The filth and the foolery

October 14, 2010

âÄúJackass 3DâÄù Directed by: Jeff Tremaine Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters, Oct. 15 âÄúThe Social NetworkâÄù is getting...

His bum is on tour

His bum is on tour

October 7, 2010

WHAT: Tom Green WHERE: Rick BronsonâÄôs House of Comedy, Mall of America WHEN: Oct. 7 âÄî Oct. 9 TICKETS: $38.95   Tom Green may always be remembered for the depraved, MTV-endorsed...


Review: “The Social Network”

September 30, 2010

âÄúThe Social NetworkâÄù   Directed by: David Fincher   Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake   Rated: PG-13   Showing at: Area theaters   When...

Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean graces Minneapolis

Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean graces Minneapolis

September 23, 2010

WHAT:  Lisa Lampanelli WHERE: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: $42.75   Lisa Lampanelli’s rise to fame has undeniably been risqué, and fans of...

You! I want to take you to a gay bar!

September 16, 2010

Since the dawn of time, straight men have called upon the ancient magicks found in sweet, sweet alcohol to wile unsuspecting females into making the sex (or y’know, just, like, talking or whatever). The...

Machete (Danny Trejo) looking mean.

Machete is mean as hell!

September 9, 2010

Machete”   Directed by: Robert Rodriguez & Ethan Maniquis   Starring: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal   Rated: R   Showing at: Area theaters   Audience’s...

Gamble (Ferrell) and Hoitz (Wahlberg) arresting David Ershon (Coogan)

Review: “The Other Guys”

August 10, 2010

âÄúThe Other GuysâÄù Directed by: Adam McKay Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton Rated: PG-13 Showing at: Area theaters The buddy cop film has been effectively beaten...

“Scott Pilgrim” to battle at the box office

“Scott Pilgrim” to battle at the box office

August 10, 2010

After six years, the beloved âÄúScott Pilgrim âÄù comic book series finally came to an end this past July. Friday, less than a month after the last volume was released, fans of the saga...

A Great White Shark gets high with a large jump.

Weekend Culture Compass — Jack, The National and Shark Week

August 5, 2010

Friday Music âÄî The National First Avenue 701 1st Ave. N. 8 p.m. The National are all the rage with the kids these days, what with their latest widely praised LP, âÄúHigh Violet.âÄù...

Rudd and Carell schmucking around.

Stupidity is a virtue

August 3, 2010

âÄúDinner for SchmucksâÄù Directed by: Jay Roach Starring: Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis Rated: PG-13 Showing at: Area theaters Steve Carell has made a career out of playing...

Hennepin Avenue is about to get Wondrous

August 3, 2010

Thom PhamâÄôs Wondrous Azian Kitchen WHERE: 533 Hennepin Ave. S The news of the impending closure of UptownâÄôs Azia restaurant may come as a shock to fans of the Eat Street staple, but...

Rockin’ “The Suburbs”

Rockin’ “The Suburbs”

July 27, 2010

Arcade Fire Album: “The Suburbs” Label: Merge Arcade Fire’s first two albums were nothing short of phenomenal, and that usually leads to divisive expectations for a third. The glass-half-full...

Filmmakers record the sights and sounds of the Iraq War in a limestone quarry in Mankato, Minn.

Mankato, Iraq

July 27, 2010

MANKATO, MINN. âÄî When one thinks of the ideal place to film an Iraq War movie, Mankato does not generally come to mind. But last week, in the heart of a limestone quarry, filmmakers began production...

Is life but a dream?

Review: “Inception”

July 21, 2010

âÄúInceptionâÄù Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Rated: PG-13 Showing at: Area theaters In the long, expansive history...

Review: Private Dancer — “Alive in High Five”

July 21, 2010

Private Dancer ALBUM: âÄúAlive in High FiveâÄù LABEL: Learning Curve The first time I saw Private Dancer live was at the 2008 Memory Lanes Block Party , straddling a few hardwood lanes...

Review: M.I.A. — “/\/\ /\ Y /\”

Review: M.I.A. — “/\/\ /\ Y /\”

July 14, 2010

The virtually un-Google-able album title, the artistâÄôs stage name built from gold bricks, MayaâÄôs mouth, concealed by glitched-out YouTube bars âÄî the cover of âÄú/\/\...

Bight Club fights for Minneapolis

July 14, 2010

Bight Club CD Release Party When: July 24 Where: Kitty Cat Klub Cover: $5 Hip-hop lovers take note: Bight ClubâÄôs stock is on the rise. In just over a year together, the local duo has snatched...

Gru (Steve Carell) being despicable

Review: “Despicable Me”

July 7, 2010

âÄúDespicable MeâÄù Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand Rated: PG Showing at: Area theaters Take a deep breath; it looks like 3D...

The nerdy icons play Basilica Block Party this weekend.

Weekend Culture Compass — Basilica Block party, Predators and Stars Wars in Concert

July 7, 2010

Friday Music âÄî Basilica Block Party: Weezer, Spoon Basilica of St. Mary 88 17th Street N., Mpls 9 p.m. $40 âÄî $150 Weezer hasnâÄôt made a decent record in a long, long time,...

John C. Reilly (left) with Jonah Hill in

Interview: John C. Reilly

June 29, 2010

Perhaps BP should enlist John C. Reilly to help clean up the Gulf; after all, the man can seemingly do anything. He serenades in his live performances and as the blockheaded Dewey Cox; he brings us to...

Bella and Edward passionately remaining abstinent

Review: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

June 29, 2010

âÄúThe Twilight Saga: EclipseâÄù Directed by: David Slade Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner. Rated: PG-13 Showing at: Area theaters ThereâÄôs not much...

The goofballs with the most googleable one-syllable band name invade Roy Wilkins this weekend.

Culture Compass — Gay Beast, Gastro Non Grata and Ween

June 23, 2010

Friday Music âÄî Gay Beast, The Blind Shake, Kitten Forever The beauty of the 331 is that shows are always, always free. This is particularly exciting when the bands playing are good, as is the...

A new beginning for the Aster Café

A new beginning for the Aster Café

June 22, 2010

These are difficult times for the mom and pop café, but that hasnâÄôt stopped Matty OâÄôReilly and cousin/business partner Tom Peterson from taking over Main StreetâÄôs...

Lotso shows off the toys’ new digs.

Review: “Toy Story 3”

June 22, 2010

In 1995 , Pixar Studios released âÄúToy Story,âÄù the first wholly computer-generated feature film, and thereby revolutionized animated cinema. In the 15 years since, computer-generated...

Birthday Suits streak to The Triple Rock

Birthday Suits streak to The Triple Rock

June 16, 2010

Birthday Suits WHEN: June 19, 9 pm WHERE: The Triple Rock Social Club TICKETS: $7 Minneapolis is home to its fair share of face-melting acts, but few among them can match the raw, Ark of the Covenant-like...

Mr. Han (Chan) teaching his young padawan (Smith)
Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures

Review: “The Karate Kid”

June 16, 2010

âÄúThe Karate KidâÄù Directed by: Harald Zwart Starring: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson. Rated: PG Showing at: Area theaters Hollywood has rarely been considered a beacon of...

It ain't heavy (there's no cover)

It ain’t heavy (there’s no cover)

June 9, 2010

Seems like today bars and music venues around Minneapolis will do anything to make an extra buck, and that includes charging an arm and a leg for cover. Thus, travelers searching for live music must either...

Aaron Green (Hill) and Aldous Snow (Brand) getting to the Greek.

Review: “Get Him to the Greek”

June 9, 2010

In 2008âÄôs âÄúForgetting Sarah MarshallâÄù moviegoers were introduced to the charismatic Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), rock âÄònâÄô roll frontman, recovering junkie...

Iron Man preparing to give a facial with a blast from his hand

Review: “Iron Man 2”

May 7, 2010

âÄúIron Man 2âÄù DIRECTED BY: Jon Favreau STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell. RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters When the first âÄúIron ManâÄù opened...

Death and Pop Music

Death and Pop Music

May 4, 2010

âÄúThe Reluctant GraveyardâÄù ARTIST: Jeremy Messersmith LABEL: Princess Records RELEASE: May 4 CD-release party WHERE: The Cedar, 416 Cedar Ave. S. WHEN: Friday, May 7, 8 p.m. TICKETS:...

Sounds of Summer

April 28, 2010

If âÄúThe Great Gatsby âÄù has taught us anything, itâÄôs that drugs, a debauched lifestyle and riotous tunes are the three key ingredients to having a phenomenal summer. We canâÄôt...

Throwing his hat into the restaurant ring

April 28, 2010

Forum WHERE: 40 7th St. S., Mpls. Ringo WHERE: 5331 W. 16th St., St. Louis Park Opening a new eatery is a bold move for even the most seasoned of restaurateurs, but that hasnâÄôt dissuaded culinary...