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Wednesday, August 29,2012
Film

Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ is really disturbing

Film based on unbelievable real events tops our coverage of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
On paper, the story told in Craig Zobel’s new film, Compliance, sounds unbelievable. Sandra (Ann Dowd), a fast-food-restaurant manager, gets a call from a police officer (Pat Healy) during a busy Friday-night shift.
Wednesday, August 29,2012
Film

‘Lawless’ has an alcohol problem

Set during Prohibition, it’s more ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ than ‘Untouchables’

By Anders Wright
Just’a good old boys. Never meaning no harm. Beats all you never saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born.
Monday, August 27,2012
Bottle Rocket

Opening the birthday bottle

A mystery guest did just fine with the Hedges Family Estate 2009 Red Mountain

By Anders Wright
I had yet another birthday recently. Yes, yes, thank you so, so much. Another year older, another year wiser, right? Personally, I’m more than happy to forge on under that illusion, and I suggest you do the same. 
Wednesday, August 22,2012
Film

This week's film openings

Plus one-time-only screenings and other movie listings

By Anders Wright
This week's openings and one-off events include right-wing doc Obama's America; Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson; Princess Bride at Stone Brewing and a Back to the Future double-feature.
Wednesday, August 22,2012
Film

Celluloid heroes

The top 10 movies from 2002 to 2012

By Anders Wright
The first movie I covered for CityBeat was The Aristocrats, way back in the summer of 2005. A few months later, over enchiladas, I told David Rolland and Kelly Davis that I wanted to be the paper’s sole film critic, and two weeks later, the job was mine.
Wednesday, August 15,2012
Film

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ is a magical mystery tour

It’s clear why Malik Bendjelloul’s new documentary was a hit at Sundance

By Anders Wright
Back in 1970, a Detroit singer-songwriter called Rodriguez released the album Cold Fact. He was soulful and intelligent, his lyrics were intriguing, personal and anti-establishment.
Wednesday, August 15,2012
Film

‘Killer Joe’ takes Matthew McConaughey pretty far

William Friedkin’s new one leads our rundown of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
It’s easy to look at Killer Joe and just see a Matthew McConaughey thriller. But it’s worth noting that this is a movie made by William Friedkin, a guy with a serious résumé. 
Wednesday, August 8,2012
Film

Baby, you can ‘Drive’ this movie

Sharp, violent thriller, playing at midnight this week, tops our coverage of all the movies screening around town

By Anders Wright
If you’ve seen it, you know just how good it is and why it’s well suited to screen at midnight. If you haven’t, get your tickets.
Wednesday, August 8,2012
Film

Ai Weiwei is the man

The Chinese artist fights the power in a new documentary

By Anders Wright
We want our artists to be fearless and unafraid of retribution for speaking their minds. That’s easy to say in this country, where the usual consequence for controversy is either having your funding pulled or wild commercial success. 
Monday, August 6,2012
Bottle Rocket

Raw Power’s Shiraz has roots in punk

That’s why it’s surprising that it’s so refined

By Anders Wright
Yeah, despite my predilection these days for quiet art films, Tom Waits and my Galaxy Grey microvan, I have a punk-rock past, which is one reason I picked up a bottle of Raw Power 2009 Shiraz the other day. 
 
 
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