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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, http://tickets.bravenewworkshop.com/   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...

MATT DAMON

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...

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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...

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...

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: 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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
PHOTO COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES

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...

To prove he can do anything, Hitchcock tested his body to its limits.
PHOTO COURTESY INDIEWOOD PICTURES

Terry Hitchcock: Minnesota’s own Forrest Gump

April 14, 2010

âÄúMy RunâÄù DIRECTED BY: Tim VandeSteeg STARRING: Terry Hitchcock RATED: Not Rated SHOWING AT: St. Anthony Main Theatres, 115 Main Street SE, Friday, Apr. 16 RECEPTION: Zahtar Minneapolis,...

30 plus local designers contributed prints for ARTCRANK
COURTESY BRIAN HARTLEY SAGO

Pedaling good art

April 14, 2010

WHAT: ARTCRANK WHEN: April 12 âÄì May 1 WHERE: One On One Bike Studio TICKETS: Free You wouldnâÄôt think a city covered in snow five months out of the year would be ranked the most bike-friendly...

PHOTO COURTESY SUPPLY AND DEMAND MUSIC

Local CD Roundup

April 7, 2010

Birthday Suits ALBUM: âÄúThe Minnesota: Mouth To MouthâÄù LABEL: âÄúNice & Neat Records Dark Dark Dark ALBUM: âÄú âÄúBright Bright BrightâÄù LABEL: âÄúSupply...

Quirky and dark, “City Island” feels sincere through and through.
PHOTO COURTESY CINESON ENTERTAINMENT

Review: “City Island”

March 31, 2010

âÄúCity IslandâÄù DIRECTED BY: Raymond De Felitta STARRING: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer. RATED: PG-13 SHOWING AT: Landmark Lagoon ThereâÄôs no genre more adept...

Artists Kara Hendershot and Summer Scharringhausen stand if front of their panting titled “Penelope” at Altered Esthetics on Tuesday. The new exhibit features collaborative artwork.

Stop, collaborate and paint

March 31, 2010

WHAT: âÄúResident Artist VI: Creative CollaborationsâÄù WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, April 2, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., Show runs April 1 to May 1 WHERE: Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy Street...

PHOTO COURTESY REPLACEMENT PRESS

John Jodzio’s “If You Lived Here” proves Minnesotans can write

March 24, 2010

MinneapolisâÄô own John Jodzio has been making waves with his short fiction, nestling his way into literary magazines like Opium and The Florida Review , winning the Loft-McKnight Fellowship and...

PHOTO COURTESY PARLOPHONE/VIRGIN

Review: Gorillaz’ “Plastic Beach”

March 10, 2010

Gorillaz ALBUM: âÄúPlastic BeachâÄù LABEL: Parlophone/Virgin Vanilla Ice once demanded that we âÄúStop, collaborate and listen,âÄù and itâÄôs obvious that Damon...

From milkshakes to cherry pies

March 10, 2010

Rock âÄònâÄô roll, along with its close cousin hip-hop, has always been a musical genre thatâÄôs inextricably linked to knocking boots. Hell, the name itself is a euphemism for...

The charismatic Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) can't save this production.
PHOTO COURTESY WALT DISNEY PICTURES

Burton’s “Alice” is a blunderland of suck

March 3, 2010

âÄúAlice in WonderlandâÄù DIRECTED BY: Tim Burton STARRING: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter. RATED: PG SHOWING AT: Area theaters, tomorrow, March 5. Tim Burton performed...

Happy Apple performs as part of Erik Fratzke’s Making Music session.
PHOTO COURTESY WHOLE MUSIC CLUB

Learning music from the locals

March 3, 2010

WHAT: Making Music: Dave King WHEN: March 11, 7 p.m. WHERE: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis TICKETS: Free at Hennepin Lobby desk ItâÄôs become increasingly easy to create music...

PHOTO COURTESY RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT

CD Roundup: Johnny Cash, Bouncer Fighter and Toki Wright

February 24, 2010

Toki Wright ALBUM: Blackmale EP LABEL: Rhymesayers Local emcee Toki Wright has been playing sidekick to Rhymesayers superheroes for some time now, but the 2009 release of his debut album âÄúA Different...

Teddy (DiCaprio) and Chuck (Ruffalo) prepare for the storm.
PHOTO COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES

Review: “Shutter Island”

February 17, 2010

âÄúShutter IslandâÄù DIRECTED BY: Martin Scorsese STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo. RATED: R SHOWING AT: Area theaters, Friday, Feb. 19 ItâÄôs risky business...

PHOTO COURTESY RABID RECORDS

Review: The Knife’s “Tomorrow, in a Year”

February 10, 2010

The Knife ALBUM: âÄúTomorrow, In A YearâÄù LABEL: Rabid Records That Charles Darwin fella sure is popular these days. Not only does the bearded British birdwatcher have a feature film out...

PHOTO COURTESY SUBOEXPERIENCE.COM

The dirt on dining at Subo

February 3, 2010

While new downtown restaurant SuboâÄôs fusion of Southeast Asian recipes and French culinary training sounds like a delicious new dining niche, some confusion remains as to whether or not itâÄôs...

Kristen Bell acting helpless.
PHOTO COURTESY TOUCHSTONE PICTURES

Review: “When in Rome”

February 3, 2010

When in RomeâÄù DIRECTED BY: Mark Steven Johnson STARRING: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Will Arnett. RATED: PG-13 SHOWING AT: Area Theaters ItâÄôs that time of year again, when manufactured...

Review: ‘Crazy Heart’

January 20, 2010

âÄúCrazy HeartâÄù DIRECTED BY: Scott Cooper STARRING: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall. RATED: R SHOWING AT: Area Theaters Country music âÄî real country music, as...

PHOTO COURTESY ARTS & CRAFTS

CD Round-up

January 20, 2010

Los Campesinos! ALBUM: âÄúRomance is BoringâÄù LABEL: âÄú Arts & Crafts As a general rule of thumb, itâÄôs good to avoid any musical act with the audacity to put an...

INFINITY FEATURES

Winter break’s biggest theater releases

December 9, 2009

âÄúAvatarâÄù (Dec. 18) DIRECTED BY: James Cameron STARRING: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver. RATED: PG-13 ThereâÄôs big buzz surrounding...

PHOTO COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES

Interview: Jason Reitman

December 3, 2009

If history had played out just a little bit differently, director Jason Reitman would be best known as the director of âÄúDude, WhereâÄôs My Car?âÄù Fortunately, for both him and...

PHOTO COURTESY TOUCHSTONE PICTURES

The best films of the millennium (so far)

December 2, 2009

10. âÄúAnchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyâÄù (2004) Is âÄúAnchormanâÄù one of the crowning cinematic achievements of the last decade? Not even close, but IâÄôm...

The decade’s best new restaurants

December 2, 2009

10. Psycho SuziâÄôs Motor Lounge Psycho SuziâÄôs appeals to the coolest cats in Northeast. How could it not? ThereâÄôs a tiki garden, for goodness sake. Drinks are strong and the...

PHOTO COURTESY 20TH CENTURY FOX

Fantastic Mr. Fox really is fantastic

November 25, 2009

âÄúFantastic Mr. FoxâÄù DIRECTED BY: Wes Anderson STARRING: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman. RATED: PG SHOWING: Area Theaters Critics tend to use a lot of fun little words...

Electric Six attack First Ave

November 25, 2009

I’ve been shakin’ it to Electric Six records since the salad days of 2003. That’s when “Fire” came out and the world was privileged to "Danger! High Voltage” and a host...

Out to eat — Thanksgiving

November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving break can be tough on the penniless, imported collegian sitting alone, bundled in sweatpants and wool socks, watching daytime soaps in a crappy studio apartment. You undoubtedly long for the...

Oh, the insufferable longing!
PHOTO COURTESY SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” sucks … your blood.

November 24, 2009

âÄúThe Twilight Saga: New MoonâÄù DIRECTED BY: Chris Weitz STARRING: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner. RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters ThereâÄôs a buzz in the...

Interview: Lazerbeak

November 18, 2009

WHAT: âÄúMaking MusicâÄù feat. Lazerbeak WHEN: Nov. 19 WHERE: The Whole TICKETS: Free Who is Lazerbeak? A giant, robotic bird of prey, terrorizing the city with his blistering eyebeams...

PHOTO COURTESY BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP

Brave New Workshop gets Favre fever

November 18, 2009

âÄúBrett FavreâÄôs Christmas Spectacular: The Immaculate InterceptionâÄù WHEN: Various dates, through Jan. 30 WHERE: Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre TICKETS: Prices vary http://www.bravenewworkshop.org/current-show.php...

Films PHOTO COURTESY STAGE 6 FILMS

Interview: director and star of “Boondock Saints II”

November 13, 2009

Ten years ago, first time writer/director Troy Duffy made a small indie flick called âÄúThe Boondock Saints.âÄù Few people saw the film during its incredibly short-lived theatrical run,...

Benjamin confronting Ronald Chevalier. PHOTO COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

“Gentlemen Broncos” gallup into terrible pastures

November 11, 2009

âÄúGentlemen BroncosâÄù DIRECTED BY: Jared Hess STARRING: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters Husband-and-wife Jared and Jerusha Hess made...

PHOTO COURTESY SPIEGEL & GRAU

Tracy Morgan writes a book — that’s crazy!

November 11, 2009

âÄúI Am the New BlackâÄù AUTHOR: Tracy Morgan with Anthony Bozza PUBLISHER: Spiegel & Grau PAGES: 224 pages PRICE: $25 Tracy Morgan was hardly a big-time player when he joined the cast...

George Clooney both stars and stares in “The Men Who Stare at Goats.”
PHOTO COURTESY WINCHESTER FILMS

The man who directed men to stare at goats

November 4, 2009

Grant Heslov is probably best known amongst the college crowd for his roles in films like âÄúTrue Lies,âÄù âÄúEnemy of the StateâÄù and âÄúBlack Sheep ,âÄù...

Anchor: The a-fish-ionado’s dream

November 4, 2009

The Anchor Fish & Chips WHERE: 302 13th Ave. N.E. British cuisine generally gets a bad rap on this side of the pond âÄî thereâÄôs just something about spotted dick that doesnâÄôt...

ILLUSTRATION BY TONY LIBERA

The best spandex in town

October 28, 2009

Every now and again, some big wheel in the literary criticism game will marvel at the fact that comic books, unlike delicious Trix cereal, are no longer just for kids. ItâÄôs a veritable fact that...

Yeah, he can fly. PHOTO COURTESY IMAGI ANIMATION STUDIOS

“Astro Boy” brings children’s films to dark new territory

October 21, 2009

âÄúAstro BoyâÄù DIRECTED BY: David Bowers STARRING: Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage. RATED: PG SHOWING: Area Theaters Hollywood isn't exactly the city of new ideas; every other...

PHOTO COURTESY PINE HAVEN FARM

Monster mashes, graveyard smashes and boozy bashes

October 21, 2009

WHAT: The Haunted Basement WHERE: The Soap Factory, 518 Second St. S.E. WHEN: 6 p.m.âÄì12 a.m. through Nov. 1 TICKETS: Mon.âÄìThu. $15, Fri.âÄìSun. $20 WHAT: Nightmare at Pinehaven...

PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS.

Flaming Lips give birth to “Embryonic”

October 14, 2009

The Flaming Lips ALBUM: âÄúEmbryonicâÄù LABEL: Warner Bros . Stylistic divergence can be a risky venture in the music business (even Bob Dylan got flack), but for over 20 years Wayne Coyne...

Carol's in no mood for a wild rumpus. PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS.

Max and the melancholic monsters

October 14, 2009

âÄúWhere the Wild Things AreâÄù DIRECTED BY: Spike Jonze STARRING: Max Records, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini. RATED: PG SHOWING: Area theaters Adapting a beloved classic to the silver...

Michael and Michael mean-mugging
PHOTO COURTESY MARTIN CROOK

Forecast: many Michaels

October 7, 2009

WHAT: Michael & Michael Have Issues Live Tour WHERE: Pantages Theater WHEN: Oct. 15 TICKETS: $29.50 Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter have always excelled at the comedy game; their seminal sketch-comedy...

Moore wants his money back
PHOTO COURTESY DOG EAT DOG FILMS

“Capitalism: A Love Story” reels in the ire

October 7, 2009

âÄúCapitalism: A Love StoryâÄù DIRECTED BY: Michael Moore RATED: R SHOWING: Area theaters Say what you will about Michael Moore, but the man knows how to make a documentary. Twenty years...

Taste-testing: Ginger Hop

Taste-testing: Ginger Hop

September 30, 2009

âÄúGinger HopâÄù WHERE: 201 Hennepin Ave. E. Northeast Minneapolis boasts more than a few classy eateries, but the recently-opened Ginger Hop might be one of the most unique. Ginger Hop...

Clown zombie in Columbia Pictures' ZOMBIELAND.

Zombie fever spreads to the cinema

September 30, 2009

âÄúZombielandâÄù DIRECTED BY: Ruben Fleischer STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone. RATED: R SHOWING: Area theaters WhoeverâÄôs doing public relations for zombies...

Batman delivering justice in the form of a flying kick
PHOTO COURTESY ROCKSTEADY STUDIOS

The Dark Knight returns to videogames

September 23, 2009

âÄúBatman: Arkham AsylumâÄù RATED: T DISTRIBUTED FOR: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Batman is so popular these days that selling a video game with his name on it is as easy as intercepting a...

Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den : Where the damned get drunk

September 23, 2009

Donny DirkâÄôs Zombie Den WHERE: 2027 2nd St. N. ItâÄôs close to midnight in North Minneapolis and something evilâÄôs lurking in the dark. No, itâÄôs not the Thriller (this...

Kate Beckinsale  slowly crawling to her gun
PHOTO COURTESY DARK CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT

“Whiteout” gets lost in the storm

September 16, 2009

âÄúWhiteoutâÄù DIRECTED BY: Dominic Sena STARRING: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt. RATED: R SHOWING: Area theaters Comic book adaptations are like a box of chocolates; you...

PHOTO COURTESY TOUCHSTONE PICTURES

The boys are back in town!

September 16, 2009

WHAT: Joel and Ethan Coen: Raising Cain âÄì Film Retrospective and Regis Dialogue WHEN: Sept. 18 âÄì Oct. 17 WHERE: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. TICKETS: Screenings are $8 ($6...

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“9” is less than divine

September 10, 2009

âÄú9âÄù DIRECTED BY: Shane Acker STARRING: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly. RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area theaters Shane Acker sure is a determined fellow. A weaker man would...

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Weekend Culture Compass – Lebowskifest, Regina Spektor, Japandroids

September 10, 2009

Friday Music âÄì Regina Spektor While Regina Spektor may be best known for her 2006 single âÄúFidelity,âÄù the whimsical songstress has a surprisingly varied and substantial catalog....

Monique Hennessy and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Doulos. Photo courtesy Rialto Pictures

Oak Street Cinema prepares for fall films and foliage

September 9, 2009

After battling its way back from the precipice of extinction a couple years back, the Oak Street Cinema appears poised for a comeback. The theater still has a somewhat wavering panda-like status with the...

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Conchords let their freak flag fly

September 9, 2009

Flight of the Conchords ALBUM: âÄúI Told You I Was FreakyâÄù LABEL:Sub Pop The quiet fear of the sophomore slump undoubtedly weighs on the mind of any musician, but it can be particularly...

The Name Game

October 23, 2008

Everyone else at the good ol' Daily seems to have a cool name for their respective blogs. Sports has "Upon Further Review," Newsroom has "The Newsstand" (I guess that's cool?) and what...