"Dirty Wars" star Jeremy Scahill: "It shouldn't be just military families that have to think about the implications of our policies"

Opening this Friday, June 21 at the Edina Cinema (and currently available via video-on-demand) is director Richard Rowley’s captivating documentary Dirty Wars, one of the most talked-about documentary films at the halfway point of 2013. Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, who also serves as producer, co-writer, and the subject of Dirty Wars, is a National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and is the author of two books, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army in 2007 and more recently, Dirty Wars, which was released in April, 2013.

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Sign Painters: Painting the world they want to see

From left, Forrest Wozniak and Phil Vandervaart in front of Phil’s shop on Minnehaha Avenue. Forrest has worked out of Phil’s shop for the last five years.

“I thought that some day either someone needs to do a film about me, or I have to write about this,” said Phil Vandervaart. He was explaining how his work as a sign painter has been for love, rather than for money.

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"The Purge" provides plentiful shocks amid some new ideas

In the futuristic United States setting of writer/director James DeMonaco’s The Purge, the land of the free and the home of the brave is an unsettling place to live.

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MOVIE REVIEW | "Man of Steel" lives up to its name: Really heavy, really boring

Somewhere near the end of Man of Steel, my girlfriend leaned over and whispered to me, "I can't believe this movie isn't over yet." Neither could I—especially given that it hadn't even really started yet.

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Minnesota filmmaker Karl Jacob makes a splash in L.A. with "Pollywogs"

The Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) starts this Thursday, June 13; while I won't be out in Los Angeles covering the festival, there is reason for the Twin Cities film community to be interested in the festival. Minnesota-born filmmaker/actor Karl Jacob will have his directional debut, Pollywogs, competing in the Narrative Competition at LAFF, with Friday's world premiere screening already sold out.

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Big Joy, the James Broughton documentary, coming to the Walker August 22

Big Joy is coming to the Twin Cities — seriously, Big Joy, the documentary. And the August 22 screening of Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton at the Walker is a joyous event.

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New documentary shines light on LGBT youth homelessness in Minneapolis

At first, Jonathan Douglas was overwhelmed by the idea of a filmmaker documenting his life — his struggles with school, housing and adjusting to a new family.

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Sundance Film Festival standout 'Middle of Nowhere' makes a one-day stop in Minneapolis

As the film credits rolled to a close at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, it was only a matter of seconds – the time it takes one to formulate a tweet or a Facebook post –before Ava Duvernay's feature film masterpiece "Middle of Nowhere" had catapulted this former media and marketing strategist into a household name.

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Hava Nagila (The Movie) will be screened May 23 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis

Hava nagila, hava nagila (Let us rejoice, let us rejoice) / Hava nagila ve-nismecha (Let us rejoice and be glad)

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