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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 20

From the action-thriller “Shadow in the Cloud” to the drama “Pieces of a Woman,” new releases kept Minnesota critics busy recently. The Alliance had plenty of commentary on older films as well.

Here’s what the Alliance has been up to lately.

Joe Botten

At his site, Botten reviewed “Pieces of a Woman,” “Shadow in the Cloud,” “Herself,” “Redemption Day” and “HAM: A Musical Memoir.

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert wrote about “Sound of Metal,” “Shadow in the Cloud” and “The Wolf of Snow Hollow.” Eggert also reviewed 2012’s “Amour” and 2000’s “Wonder Boys.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On the Horror Rewind podcast, Florence and Hafdahl discussed the film “Run,” and the book “The House on Abigail Lane.”

Joseph Froemming

For the Joe-Down series, Froemming reviewed “Kung Fury” and 2019’s “Cats.”

Kyle Goethe and Nicholas Palodichuk

For their YouTube series Kyle and Nick on Film, Goethe and Palodichuk discussed 2002’s “Poolhall Junkies” and 1987’s “Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire.

Paul McGuire Grimes

Since the start of the year, Grimes has reviewed “Pieces of a Woman” and “One Night in Miami.” Grimes also appeared on Twin Cities Live on Jan. 8.

Eric Houston

Over the last two weeks, Houston produced a video for his Bad Movie Bros series with a discussion on “The Dirt Bike Kid.” Houston also made a video about the history of “The Fantastic Four” in movies.

Melinda Lavine

For the Duluth News Tribune, Lavine compiled opinions from around the Twin Ports area regarding movies and television in 2020.

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed “Wolfwalkers,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Sylvie’s Love,” “Shadow in the Cloud” and “Pieces of a Woman.”

Ruth Maramis

At FlixChatter, Maramis recapped movies she watched in December and reviewed 2020’s “Soul.” She also wrote about Best Picture winners “The Sound of Music,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” Maramis also published a piece on the most anticipated Netflix movies this month.

Frank Stanko

For his Thoughts On series at The Pop Culturists, Stanko wrote about 1985 films “Smooth Talk” and “Trouble in Mind.”


Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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