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Talking Movies: Late shift at the Grindhouse, curated by FilmScene projectionist Ross Meyer, celebrates three years

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, recently, Get Out, cinematic fare once considered schlock is now being taken seriously. Hollywood has been turning out low-budget commercial fare since its Golden Age — though there are many terrible B movies, there are also plenty of cinematic gems in the genre. Ross Meyer is the local cinephile who uncovers and curates these lost treasures for a weekly movie celebration known as Late Shift at the Grindhouse, coming up on its third anniversary this month. The Wednesday night series is the culmination of Meyer’s lifelong passion for film. […]

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Tight, entertaining ‘Colossal’ makes its own rules

Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film, Colossal, is at once an intimate substance abuse drama and a kaiju-style creature feature. Much like his previous feature films, including Timecrimes (2007) and Extraterrestrial (2011), Vigalondo is able to strike this seemingly-odd balance with surprising grace simply by setting a very real, very interior story against a distant backdrop of intense science fiction. […]

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A week of activities dedicated to Iowa expat musician Arthur Russell

Arthur Russell Week various venues — Tuesday, April 25 through Friday, April 28 When Arthur Russell was a teenager, he ran away from his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa. A pioneer in cross-genre composition during the 1970s and ’80s, Russell released just one solo album during his lifetime: World of Echo in 1986. He collaborated with […]

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FilmScene to participate in a nationwide screening of ‘1984’

1984 FilmScene — Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. FilmScene, located in the Pedestrian Mall at 118 E. College, will join more than 90 independent film theaters across the country who are screening 1984 on April 4 (the date that protagonist Winston Smith begins his diary entry) as a way of articulating protests against the […]

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The metafictional ‘Neruda’ opens this weekend at FilmScene

The bio-drama ‘Neruda’ will be opening at FilmScene on March 24 for a special one-week engagement in Iowa City. ‘Neruda’ is a metafictional tale directed by Chilean-born filmmaker Pablo Lorraín, who recently filmed ‘Jackie’ (2016), based on Jacqueline Kennedy and the aftermath of her husband John F. Kennedy’s assassination. ‘Neruda’ stars Gael García Bernal (‘The Motorcycle Diaries,’ Fidel’) as police detective Óscar Peluchonneau, who attempts to arrest revolutionary poet and politician Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) as he goes underground in his native Chile during the late 1940s. […]

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‘The Red Turtle’ trades speech for an external, visual language

I have a bone to pick with movies like Cast Away (2000): why does Tom Hanks feel the urge to talk to himself and inanimate objects? Perhaps there’s something intrinsic, something with anthropological substance, through which humans are compelled to fill dead space, whether in the real world or on screen. The Red Turtle (2016) […]

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Antonio Sanchez brings his BiRDMAN LiVE to the Englert

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) is a movie of blown-out proportions, equal parts mesmerizing and befuddling. The movie will make sure you know. But that’s no surprise to those familiar with director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s catalog. Centered around protagonist Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), best known for his role in a superhero trilogy, […]

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Oscar-nominated short films bring a highly recommended unique experience to FilmScene through Feb. 23

Oscar Shorts FilmScene — through Thursday, Feb. 23 Blue Carpet Bash FilmScene — Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. For decades, now, the office Oscar pool has been won or lost by whomever can score an uneducated guess in the three Short Film categories: Animated, Live-Action and Documentary. But this year’s fifteen nominees are not […]

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The poetry of the everyday echoes in Jim Jarmusch’s genuinely great ‘Paterson’

Paterson FilmScene — Opens Friday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. In a recent interview with WHYY’s Terri Gross, director Jim Jarmusch discussed his new film, Paterson, about a poet-cum-bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver), living in Paterson, New Jersey. Because his stoic poet protagonist prefers observation to engagement, Jarmusch felt driving a bus was an […]

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‘Do Not Resist’ documentary to screen at FilmScene for Vino Vérité series

Vino Vérité series presents Do Not Resist FilmScene — Sunday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Social Exchange/Vino Vérité screening of Do Not Resist presented by Bread Garden and Little Village FilmScene — Monday, Jan. 9 at 12:00 p.m. The new documentary Do Not Resist (2016) will offer film-goers an uncompromising view of the ongoing militarization […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ closes out its Picture Show run at FilmScene

It’s a Wonderful Life FilmScene — Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. I remember being a wary, intransigent teenager the first time I saw It’s a Wonderful Life. I didn’t want to go to the small retro theatre a few towns over on a cold, snowy, winter’s night. […]

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