<i>Buster's Mal Heart</i> is a visual poem about the suffocating sadness of a world in which we're victim to unfair rules. How does that make you feel?</p>

Buster's Mal Heart is a visual poem about the suffocating sadness of a world in which we're victim to unfair rules. How does that make you feel?

It's been a minute since I've had the pleasure of sending you into a dark theater to trip out in the immersive glow of a bizarre story, but writer and director Sarah Adina Smith's latest feature, Buster's Mal Heart, delivers the opportunity.

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Moms on film: a Mother's Day compendium

Mother's Day: a time for appreciating the women who birthed us, for being appreciated by our children, and for longer than usual brunch lines.

(Film)   May 11, 2017

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'The Dinner': just a little too much to swallow

A total lack of likeable characters isn't necessarily immediate cause to dislike a film.

(Film)   May 4, 2017

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'Sand Castle' unpacks Operation Iraqi Futility

My mom's Netflix account has been working overtime lately to provide me, my roommates and untold ex-boyfriends a constant stream of programming.

(Film)   Apr 20, 2017

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The International Wildlife Film Festival remembers founder Chuck Jonkel

When Mike Steinberg took over the International Wildlife Film Festival four years ago, Chuck Jonkel paid him a visit at the Roxy Theater.

Apr 13, 2017

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Three must-see features at this year's International Wildlife Film Festival

David Attenborough's Light on Earth

(Film)   Apr 13, 2017

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Like Groundhog Day, but without the funny

In Before I Fall, we meet high school senior Sam (Zoey Deutch) as she floats through a typical day in any popular, rich girl's life.

(Film)   Apr 6, 2017

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Olivier Assayas sustains suspense with Personal Shopper

You can tell that director Olivier Assayas wrote Personal Shopper with Kristen Stewart in mind.

(Film)   Mar 30, 2017

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The uneven charm of Woody Harrelson's Wilson

Here's the weird thing about Woody Harrelson's title character in Wilson: He is at once cynical and uncomfortably affable, and that charms and repels the people around him in equal measure.

(Film)   Mar 23, 2017

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Netflix wins with I Don't Feel at Home

As it turns out, there's a super exciting, award-winning comedy-thriller hiding out in plain sight on your Netflix queue.

(Film)   Mar 16, 2017

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Jim Jarmusch's Paterson captures contentment

How do I love writer and director Jim Jarmusch's latest and possibly greatest film, Paterson?

(Film)   Mar 9, 2017

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Racism gets the horror treatment in Jordan Peele's 'Get Out'

Allow me a little rant about the withered state of things: Nobody wants to put on their shoes and go to the cinema anymore!

(Film)   Mar 2, 2017

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'I Am Not Your Negro' brings James Baldwin back

There's something undeniably confrontational about director Raoul Peck's Academy Award-nominated documentary.

(Film)   Feb 23, 2017

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Gore Verbinski's 'A Cure for Wellness' requires a strong stomach

There's a temptation facing reviewers to anticipate the commercial prospects of movies before they are released.

(Film)   Feb 16, 2017

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'20th Century Women' reconstructs the feminist moment, circa 1979

There's sex—some—though with more awkwardness and regrets than action.

(Film)   Feb 9, 2017

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Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' takes risks that American films won't

Finally, Montanans get a chance to see one of the most provocative, sexy and complex films of 2016.

(Film)   Feb 2, 2017

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Matthew McConaughey does the Oscar hustle in 'Gold'

Do you enjoy watching men get excited about making lots of money?

(Film)   Jan 26, 2017

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The Founder nails a fast-food origin story

Nothing is more American than McDonald's, and that's what makes The Founder horrifying.

(Film)   Jan 19, 2017

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Big-screen dystopia: the timeless allure of worlds gone wrong

In every new relationship comes that critical moment when you screen your favorite film for the other person, and by God they better like it.

Jan 12, 2017

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La La Land glides by on superficial charm

In this modern take on classic Hollywood musicals, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as a couple of twenty—somethings trying to make it in Los Angeles.

(Film)   Jan 12, 2017

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Hidden Figures: 'The right stuff' wasn't just white and male

Once upon a time, say during the early years of America's space program, "computer" meant "person who does manual calculations."

(Film)   Jan 5, 2017

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Rewinding the movies that made 2016 a little bit brighter

It's been a bleak year for a lot of things, and particularly for cinema.

(Film)   Dec 29, 2016

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Denzel Washington directs August Wilson's Fences

In Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, a father and son labor for what seems like years on a fence in their backyard.

(Film)   Dec 22, 2016

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Kenneth Lonergan makes a masterpiece in Manchester by the Sea

Whatever you do, don't be put off by the slightly pretentious-sounding film title.

(Film)   Dec 15, 2016

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Loving's lessons stop short and safe

In director Jeff Nichols' latest feature, Loving, it's 1958 in the Virginia countryside and Mildred and Richard are an interracial couple in love.

(Film)   Dec 8, 2016

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Silence is golden

Pursuit makes a strong case for quiet space

Silence and stillness are themes that keep coming up in the independent films playing in Missoula over the last several weeks.

(Film)   Nov 23, 2016

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