The Founder nails a fast-food origin story

The Founder nails a fast-food origin story

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

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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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Best in show

Shine and Thunder rise at Montana Film Fest

The second annual Montana Film Festival showcases several narrative gems, including Always Shine.

(Film)   Oct 6, 2016

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Yelling back

Missoula's Lily Gladstone talks native roles, art as activism and her new star-studded film, Certain Women

Lily Gladstone's phone has been blowing up nonstop with Twitter and Facebook alerts, texts and phone messages.

Sep 29, 2016

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Real disaster

Deepwater feels trapped between tragic facts, genre

The disaster movie is a particularly curious beast.

(Film)   Sep 29, 2016

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Heavenly hell

High Water masters the Western heist

Hell or High Water is a sometimes thrilling, other times agonizingly calm morality tale that demands to be not just seen, but also felt.

(Film)   Sep 22, 2016

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Afterlife stories

Death becomes a voyeuristic journey in Obit

In the documentary feature Obit, director Vanessa Gould takes us on an intimate tour of the editorial process behind The New York Times' obituary section.

(Film)   Sep 15, 2016

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Sisters of mercy

The Innocents delivers on a complex true story

In the opening scenes of The Innocents, we see a precocious nun break free of her convent to seek help for no less than seven of her sisters who are pregnant after Soviet soldiers invaded their community some nine months earlier.

(Film)   Sep 8, 2016

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Boxer rebellion

Hands of Stone can't carve out its own space

You've got to hand it to Jonathan Jakubowicz, writer/director of Hands of Stone: It takes balls of stone to cast Robert DeNiro in a based-on-a-true-story boxing movie.

(Film)   Sep 1, 2016

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Funny friends

Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice is more than all right

Don't Think Twice follows the lives of six friends in their 30s as they try to make it together as a comedy improv troupe in New York City.

(Film)   Aug 25, 2016

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Still plucking

I Am the Blues captures the end of an era

The documentary feature I Am the Blues begins with voice-over narration from one of the film's musicians, all of them living blues legends approaching what looks like the end of an era.

(Film)   Aug 18, 2016

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