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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 31

It was a musical weekend for the Minnesota Film Critics Alliance, with several members reviewing the new film “In the Heights.” Those reviews followed a week of MNFCA members sharing their thoughts on the new “Conjuring” film and much more.

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

Joe Botten

For his site, Botten reviewed “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” “Super Frenchie,” “Awake,” “In the Heights” and “Queen Bees.” Additionally, Botten wrote about 1986’s “SpaceCamp” and previewed the Tribeca Film Festival.

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed 2021 releases “The Amusement Park,” “Spiral,” “Plan B,” “Undine,” “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” “The Unholy” and “In the Heights.” Eggert also wrote a piece on 1985’s “Day of the Dead.

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

In recent episodes of Horror Rewind, Florence and Hafdahl talked about the tour for their latest book they’ve co-written and discuss “The Conjuring: the Devil Made Me Do It.

Joseph Froemming

For The Joe-Down review series, Froemming wrote about the 2015 reboot of “Vacation.”

Kyle Goethe

On his site, Goethe reviewed the new musical “In the Heights.” He was also joined by fellow MNFCA member Nicholas Palodichuk on the series Kyle and Nick on Film to discuss last year’s “Sound of Metal,” as well as “Poseidon Adventure,” “Earthquake” and “The Towering Inferno,” all from the 70s.

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his Paul’s Trip to the Movies series, Grimes reviewed “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” “Spirit Untamed,” “In the Heights” and “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.” Grimes also spoke with cast/crew members of the third “Conjuring” and “In The Heights.”

He appeared on the June 4 and 11 episodes of Twin Cities Live as well.

Eric Houston

For North Metro TV, Houston produced a video about the career of actress Lucille Ball. Houston also released a video review of 1994’s “Twin Sitters” for his Bad Movie Bros series.

Melinda Lavine

At the Duluth News Tribune, Lavine wrote a preview for the community’s Movies in the Park event.

Jeremy Lebens

At the Daily Rotation, Lebens reviewed “The Conjuring 3” and “Flashback.”

Frank Lee

For the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee wrote about “Cruella,” “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” and “A Quiet Place: Part II.”

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed “The Conjuring 3,” “Dream Horse” and “In the Heights.” Liedke also wrote a piece about his favorite summer-related movies.

Ruth Maramis

For FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed “Undine,” “Dream Horse” and “In the Heights.” Maramis also wrote a piece about the career of Morgan Freeman, who celebrated his 84th birthday on June 1, and another article regarding memorable summer swimming scenes.

Mark McPherson

At his site, McPherson reviewed “In the Heights” and “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.” McPherson also wrote about “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” at Film Inquiry and produced a video review about the new Netflix movie “Oxygen” on YouTube.

Nicholas Palodichuk

On the St. Paul Filmcast, Palodichuk spoke with writer/director/editor Zach Hammill, actress Lea Kalisch and director/writer/actress/producer/author Cynthia Uhrich.

Frank Stanko

At the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Daily News, Stanko reviewed the 2021 musical “In the Heights.”


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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