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A Peace of My Mind a place to hear voices for peace: Stories

A Peace of My Mind a place to hear voices for peace: Stories

David A. De Lampert Jr. has been living on the streets of Minneapolis for the past 30 years. A veteran, he survives on disability checks and through gratuities people offer him. David spends his days inviting people to sign his coat with a permanent marker. When they sign, they will often give him a dollar or two “to help keep me going.” He [...]

Winter’s Bone & Despicable Me

Winter’s Bone & Despicable Me

By Howard McQuitter Winter’s Bone ***** Anonymous Content Drama/Thriller Uptown Running Time: 100 minutes Rated: R Director: Debra Granik If ever there was a heroine from opening to closing scene in a film, it’s a new actress named Jennifer Lawrence, 18. Her character Ree Dolly lives in the Ozarks of Missouri, a harsh country with [...]

Ancient traditions “unmasked” in Kennedy’s dynamic ancient art masks

Interview with Alvin Kennedy by Howard McQuitter II “My art reflects a blend of urgan and primitive themes, expressed in pen and ink drawings and rigid paper sculptures,” Alvin Kennedy says. “The latter most often take the form of unique masks that reflects my heritage and bridges ethnic communities.” Alvin Kennedy is a [...]

Ondine & Holy Rollers

Ondine & Holy Rollers

Ondine (2009) ***1/2 Wayforce Entertainment 111 minutes Director: Neil Jordan Syracuse (Colin Farrell) makes a living by fishing off the coast of his native Ireland free of a catastrophic BP oil spill, with untainted fish at the end of his line. One day Syracuse unexpectedly catches in his net, a woman likened to the Celtic myth of the [...]

Indigenous people focus of new “Movies and Music” series

Indigenous artists, filmmakers, producers and actors will be showcased this summer in a four-part music and movies series at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis. The series is hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Migizi Communications and the First Nations Composer Initiative. Musical performances will feature local [...]

Solitary Man & The Karate Kid

Solitary Man & The Karate Kid

Solitary Man (2009) ***1/2 Millennium Films Comedy/Drama Running Time: 90 minutes Director: Brian Koppelman and David Levien Michael Douglas as graying old Ben Kalmen is neither villain nor hero in “Solitary Man,” Mr. Kalmen in his heyday was a sparkling car dealer for New York’s Honest Car Dealership. He’s saliently flawed in the [...]

Police, Adjective & The Ghost Writer

Police, Adjective & The Ghost Writer

by Howard McQuitter Police, Adjective (2009) *** Twentieth Century Fox Lagoon Running Time: 115 minutes Language: Romanian Director: Corneliu Porumboiu Bucharest detective Cristi (Dragos Bucur) trails a teenage boy who may be a hashish user, trying to find his supplier. Cristi would rather stop what seems to be overkill in finding small [...]

Fish Tank & Repo Man

Fish Tank & Repo Man

by Howard McQuitter Fish Tank (2009) **** Lagoon Drama Running time: 123 minutes Director: Andrea Arnold Unrated The movie starts rather slowly, but the plot becomes more clear as the main character Mia (Katie Jarvis) waddles through meaning her life at age 15. She feels trapped by her environment in the projects in an English city. [...]

Top 10 movies of 2009*

by Howard McQuitter, II Hurt Locker War/drama Rated: R Director: Kathryn Bigelow Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) has the most dangerous job in the world, disconnecting road bombs in Baghdad. There’s not enough money to compensate him for his task. Sometimes Sergeant J.T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie), James’ superior, thinks [...]

Casablanca: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Casablanca: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

by Howard McQuitter ***** 1942 Warner Brothers Parkway Theater Drama/Romance/Mystery Running time: 102 minutes B/W, English, French, German Director: Michael Curtiz “Casablanca” is one of those special films I have seen many times over the last 50 years, but every time I see it, the feeling is like the first time. The first time [...]

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