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Talking Movies

Posted by Jon Burke | May 16, 2017

In the last few years B movies have stepped out of the cinematic shadows and into the limelight as legitimate, critically valid films. From John Wick to Green Room and,...

Posted by Warren Sprouse | Jun 1, 2016

Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, now playing at FilmScene In 2010, Judith Scharansky, a graphic designer who grew up in East Germany and was thus restricted in her ability to...

Posted by Rachel Z. Arndt | Dec 1, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Ci-pAL4eE Room FilmScene -- (Last Screening) Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. There is nothing beyond Room. That’s what Jack (Jacob Tremblay), one of the protagonists of Room, believes. It’s...

Victoria
Posted by Rachel Z. Arndt | Oct 22, 2015

Victoria was directed by German actor and filmmaker Sebastian Schipper. Victoria opens Oct. 23 at FilmScene. I chafe at the word “gimmick.” It’s often used in lieu of something more...

Terry Gilliam
Posted by Gemma de Choisy | Oct 7, 2015

FilmScene will screen Time Bandits on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. One of FilmScene’s coolest series yet (and that’s saying something) kicked off this month with a back-to-back screening...

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...

The End of the Tour
Posted by Rachel Z. Arndt | Sep 2, 2015

Jason Segel plays celebrity author David Foster Wallace. -- still via The End of the Tour The End of the Tour Screening Sept. 4 through Sept. 10 at FilmScene It’s...

Posted by Erin McMeen | Aug 19, 2015

http://youtu.be/Za3lZcrzzcM This Sunday marks the closing show for Amy at FilmScene. Amy presents a staggeringly somber and undistorted depiction of the late singer, Amy Winehouse, using primarily personal footage and...

Posted by Pat Brown | Jun 22, 2015

Whether we’re cinephiles or not, a lot of us probably spent an inordinate amount of time in our childhood pretending to be characters from...

Masterminds
Posted by Little Village | Jun 9, 2015

Based on a true story, heist-comedy Masterminds stars Zach Galifianakis (pictured) and Kristen Wiig. By Scott Samuelson & Warren Sprouse It may not be much of an exaggeration to say...

Posted by Pat Brown | May 28, 2015

The documentary Iris is the final film by late filmmaker Albert Maysles, who along with his brother David made two of the most well-known and acclaimed...

Posted by Warren Sprouse | May 20, 2015

By now, every Western — at least every American one — is to some degree a satire of itself: so familiar are the settings, conflicts, character-types and themes...

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...

Posted by Pat Brown | Mar 31, 2015

'What We Do in the Shadows,' Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s new film, is a satisfying solution to a problem you may not have known cinema...

Posted by Pat Brown | Mar 27, 2015

Writer/Director David Robert Mitchell's It Follows hits many of the notes that are by now (beyond) familiar to horror aficionados -- it is, in part, a good summary of the...

Posted by Jason Livingston | Mar 20, 2015

Many know Jim Jarmusch’s recent films for their sun-soaked landscapes and thirsty night owls. International in funding, casting and musical scoring, his last three...