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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...

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...

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 Warren Sprouse | Jun 11, 2015

While Studio Ghibli’s famed director Hayao Miyazaki’s has retired from actively making films, it is worth taking time to admire the quality of work...

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 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 John Miller | Mar 3, 2015

Filming for Night of the Babysitter, a horror film shot right here in Iowa City, wrapped up earlier this month. Needless to say, the idea of a cinematic thrill-fest shot...

Talking Movies
Posted by Warren Sprouse | Feb 18, 2015

Lessons that we can immediately ascertain from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s intriguing film Two Days, One Night include the following: sometimes the...

Lunafest heads to Coralville
Posted by Celine Uhl | Feb 18, 2015

LUNAFEST heads to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., bringing eight short films “by, for, about women” to support...

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...

Goodbye to Language
Posted by Pat Brown | Dec 10, 2014

I am not sure whether there is a better way to give you an idea of what Jean-Luc Godard’s 3-D film Goodbye to Language is, or what it is about...