‘Moonlight’ in Miami: The new coming-of-age film is powerfully quiet

Moonlight FilmScene — through Thursday, Dec. 1 Loud American cars can sometimes suggest loud, American problems. The opening scenes of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight feature Mahershala Ali as Juan, a high-placed drug dealer, rolling onto a typical drug corner in a growling, powder blue Chevy Impala with massive rims and an equally massive cd collection mounted […]

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FilmScene to screen teenage dreams with ‘All This Panic’

All This Panic FilmScene — Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. Relive your teenage years this Sunday at 7 p.m. with All This Panic, the latest installation of FilmScene’s Vino Vérité. The film, presented by Bread Garden Market and Little Village, premiered worldwide in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. All This Panic follows seven […]

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Island life: Two films, one fresh at FilmScene, seek emotional rescue and explore isolation

In 2010, Judith Scharansky, a graphic designer who grew up in East Germany and was thus restricted in her ability to travel abroad, published a book called Atlas of Remote Islands: 50 Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will. In this small but entertaining volume, she reminds us that “paradise is an […]

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Baseball, bacchanalia and beauty in Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

Everybody Wants Some!! FilmScene — Through Thursday, May 19 Nostalgia is a powerful drug. So powerful in fact that many find themselves enthralled with nostalgic feelings even for the times they never knew. And anybody who has viewed the work of Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, 1993; Boyhood, 2014) has felt the effect […]

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The Eggshell Aunt: Edward Shults’ ‘Krisha’ shows family at its holiday worst

Krisha Film Scene — Opens Friday, Apr. 15 From a distance, your family Thanksgiving may not look all that different from that of director Trey Edward Shults, as portrayed in Krisha, his debut feature. Your family might similarly assign the men to the living room to monitor sporting events while the women huddle in the […]

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Cherishing Terry Zwigoff: A chat with an auteur for our age

Terry Zwigoff

Illustrations by Adam Burke Mission Creek: An Evening with Terry Zwigoff FilmScene — Thurs., Apr. 7 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) In 2001, a New York Times article about Terry Zwigoff predicted that the filmmaker was “not likely to do a lot of pictures.” In the 15 years since, he has made just […]

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Series will offer ‘Reel Movies for Real Needs’ at Sycamore Cinema

Special needs-welcoming Zootopia showing Sycamore Cinema — Saturday, Mar. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Beginning next Saturday, Mar. 5, the spring portion of a film series specifically for children with autism and special needs will launch at Sycamore Cinema (1602 Sycamore St., Iowa City). Part of a Marcus Theatres initiative called “Reel Movies for Real Needs,” […]

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Celebrating the Oscars without forgetting their flaws

The Oscars

The Englert Theatre will be hosting an event on Sunday, Feb. 28 for the 88th annual Academy Awards. Co-sponsored for the second year by FilmScene, the live broadcast is billed as Hollywood Live! and will be the sixth ceremony to be screened and enjoyed at Iowa City’s historical performance space. The event has firmly established […]

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Playing well with others: ‘Room’ holds an impressive allegory for life outside the self

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 what his mother (Brie Larson) has taught him over the five years of his life held captive, along with his mother, by a man they call […]

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Talking Movies: Shot in a single 138-minute take, can Victoria live up to its bold premise?


Victoria opens Oct. 23 at FilmScene. I chafe at the word “gimmick.” It’s often used in lieu of something more meaningful to describe the experimental, the exciting, or the formally different. By calling something a “gimmick,” an audience doesn’t have to admit its discomfort with the unfamiliar. But that’s not the case when I call […]

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Saddle Creek-curated showcase featuring four Iowa films heads to FilmScene

Tonight at 6 p.m., FilmScene will screen a selection of films shot in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota — including four productions by Iowa filmmakers — as part of Film Streams’ sixth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase. This year’s selection has been curated by staff and artists from Omaha’s Saddle Creek Records, including Orenda Fink of […]

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New Jackson Pollock documentary debuts at FilmScene

Jackon Pollock

A new documentary about one of Jackson Pollock’s most famous paintings, Mural, will debut this Friday at FilmScene at 5:30 p.m. Jackson Pollock’s Mural: the story of a Modern Masterpiece is a 30-minute film — created by local artists and filmmakers — about the iconic painting and its history at the University of Iowa. The […]

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