Film Critics

Arts & Culture
12:05 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Film Review: To Woo A Big Factory, Tiny Village Plots 'The Grand Seduction'

Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch work out some father-son issues in Newfoundland in "The Grand Seduction."
Credit 2014 Entertainment One Films

When independent films feature a small town and a huge corporation at their core, they are usually depicted as foes like David and Goliath – the good and the average against the lumbering giant.

Local Hero from 1983 comes to mind, as does Promised Land, the recent movie about fracking in the Midwest. The Grand Seduction, however, reverses that formula, proving that the battle lines aren’t always drawn that cleanly.

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Up To Date
12:14 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, May 2

Kristin Wiig and Guy Pierce star in 'Hateship, Loveship,' one of our critics' films to see.
Credit IFC Films

From stories about severe nymphomania to vicious alien femme fatales, our reviewers' material is challenging to say the least.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics return to look at some of the new films opening on local screens.

In addition to reviewing new films, we talk with "Hateship, Loveship" director Liza Johnson about her decision to cast comedienne Kristin Wiig in a serious role.

Our critics' list:

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Up to Date
12:05 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Film Critic Cynthia Haines At The 2013 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Cynthia Haines and "Lincoln" star Daniel Day Lewis

The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards was recently held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Calif., and was broadcast live by the CW. Up to Date film critic Cynthia Haines attended and chatted with various nominees.

Central Standard Friday
4:41 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Best & Worst Movies Of 2012

Was Les Miserables miserable?  Was Jack Reacher a reach?  Should anyone have taken The Guilt Trip?  These answers and more, on this week's edition of Central Standard Friday.

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Up to Date
10:11 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

A Late Quartet

Ever wonder how someone falls in love with a felon? What about the romantic frustrations of a paralyzed man?

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5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Living Lush & Ludicrously With 'The Queen Of Versailles'

Jackie Siegel and her brood in "The Queen of Versailles."

There have been several informative documentaries about the United States' ongoing economic woes -  for instance 2010's Oscar-winning The Inside Job.

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Up to Date
12:02 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Art, Independent, Foreign And Documentary Critic's Ten Favorite Films From 2011

The wait is over. You can breathe easy once again. Up to Date's art, independent, foreign and documentary film critics have broken down the year's best flicks and given us their ten favorites from 2011, in no particular order.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

The Latest Art, Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

All that holiday spending might have you feeling a little dirty in these few weeks between Black Friday and Super Saturday, traditionally the second-biggest shopping day of the year. To help cleanse your soul, and to add a bit more culture to your life than you might get cruising the aisles of Wal-Mart, we've invited our film critics into the studio to  catch you up on the latest independent, foreign and documentary films in area theaters.

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