The uneven charm of Woody Harrelson's Wilson

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.

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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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Glowing in the dark

"Moonlight is sad. I cried during every act. But there's a comfort in the sadness, because you know that what you're feeling is the truth."

Look, nobody's more introverted than me. If I have to raise my voice to ask a bus driver to open the back door, I'm devastated.

(Film)   Nov 17, 2016

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Neighborly love

A Man Called Ove charms despite clichés

Ove is a cranky man, recently widowed and then fired from the blue-collar job he's worked at for 40 years.

(Film)   Nov 10, 2016

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Strength in subtlety

The quiet heart of Certain Women

Certain Women is required viewing for local fans of independent cinema.

(Film)   Nov 3, 2016

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Time travel

Burn to Shine Atlanta captures the fleeting nature of rock and roll bands

Burn to Shine Atlanta documents 12 bands as they take turns playing an empty, soon-to-be-demolished house.

Oct 27, 2016

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Thin veneer

Inferno runs through a lot of plazas

I'm not sure any of Inferno makes sense on any level whatsoever.

(Film)   Oct 27, 2016

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Proof

Denial provides the thrill of intelligent debate

The biographical drama Denial tells the story of writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt and the libel case brought against her by David Irving.

(Film)   Oct 20, 2016

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Blackout

Train falls even flatter than the book

I listened to an audio recording of Paula Hawkin's wildly successful novel The Girl on the Train on a four-day car ride from Washington to Michigan.

(Film)   Oct 13, 2016

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Decent world

Filmmaker Charles Burnett talks art house films and the importance of being passionate

In 1978, Charles Burnett made a black-and-white feature titled Killer of Sheep for his UCLA graduate thesis.

Oct 6, 2016

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