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Scott Samuelson

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Oct 7, 2016

The Birth of a Nation FilmScene -- opens Friday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. A century after D.W. Griffith released The Birth of a Nation (1915), one of the most...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Sep 18, 2015

Screening: abUSed: The Postville Raid Iowa City Public Library -- Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 6:30 p.m. In a presidential election shaping up to be a personality contest, immigration has become...

Walnut Grove
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Apr 7, 2015

I’ve begun to have mixed emotions about film festivals. I used to love them without reservation. I still love them, but with a few reservations. Take the Iowa City International...

Talking Movies
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jan 27, 2015

Illustration by Jared Jewell“Do you know what’s even more destructive than a nuclear bomb?” Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) asks Dave Skylark (James Franco) as they bond over their disapproving fathers...

Citizenfour
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Nov 24, 2014

It’s no surprise that right-wing national-security types think that Edward Snowden is a traitor. But it’s been interesting to hear prominent mainstream...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Sep 19, 2014

At the risk of sounding daft, let me emphasize that Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip (2010) and The Trip to Italy, its hilarious sequel, are about trips.

Meet the Patels
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jul 31, 2014

Meet the Patels explores India's dating culture through a comedic lens. 17th Annual Hardacre Film Festival Tipton High School Auditorium -- Saturday, Aug. 2 This year the Hardacre Film Festival...

The Wind Rises
Posted by Scott Samuelson | May 21, 2014

May has been christened by FilmScene as “May-azaki” in honor of Hayao Miyazaki, and they will screen four of his masterpieces: My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Apr 30, 2014

A very long documentary that simply observes all facets of a complex institution is probably the most urgent movie that you can see this year. Frederick...

Nymphomaniac
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Apr 4, 2014

Lars von Trier has a flair for being provocative. Remember when he called himself a Nazi? His new movie, Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, which opens at FilmScene...

Broken Circle Breakdown
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Feb 24, 2014

Let me take you on a quick tour of the first three scenes of The Broken Circle Breakdown, the Belgian melodrama nominated for the best foreign...

Blue is the Warmest Color
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Dec 4, 2013

Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palm d’Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Let me begin by giving my opinion on all the controversies surrounding the seven-minute-long lesbian...

Walk the Line
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Nov 7, 2013

Once again our country is proving that the Civil War isn’t over. The representatives of our red states and blue states, which correspond neatly with the North and the...

The Up Series
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Sep 25, 2013

The Up series has followed these lives since 1963 and is a precursor to today's reality television. Fifty years ago, in 1963, Granada Television, a regional service for Northwest England,...