The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 50

In addition to announcing the winners of the MNFCA awards, Minnesota critics were also busy the last two weeks reviewing plenty of new releases.

Pixar’s “Turning Red,” the new “Batman” and even some flicks shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival were under review recently. Check out what the Alliance has been up to lately.

Sean Blanford

At his site, Blanford reviewed “The Batman,” “X” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the latter two having been screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Joe Botten

On his site, Botten reviewed “The Weekend Away,” “Lucy and Desi,” “Fresh,” “Offseason,” “Ultrasound,” “Turning Red,” “The Adam Project” and “The Last Mountain.” He’s also been covering the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed new releases “After Yang,” “Fresh,”  “Turning Red” and “X.” He also wrote about 1934’s “It Happened One Night,” 1940s “Foreign Correspondent,” 1973’s “The Spirit of the Beehive” and 2021’s “Compartment No. 6.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On the Horror Rewind podcast, Florence and Hafdahl discussed the 2021 film “Antlers” and the 1977 sci-fi “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Hunter Friesen

At the Northern Iowan, Friesen reviwed the new “Batman” film and ranked the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. He also hosted a film trivia match on the League of Cinephiles YouTube channel.

Joseph Froemming

For his Joe-Down series, Froemming reviewed “The Batman.”

Kyle Goethe

On the series Kyle and Nick on Film, Goethe and fellow MNFCA member Nicholas Palodichuk discussed the new “Batman” film. They also reviewed 1980’s “Terror Train” and 2005’s “Brick,” as well as 1997 movies “L.A. Confidential,” “Cube” and “Switchback.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his Paul’s Trip to the Movies series, Grimes reviewed “Lucy and Desi,” “Turning Red,” “Fresh” and “The Adam Project.” He also appeared on the March 4 episode of Twin Cities Live.

Matt Hambidge

On News From the Couch, Hambidge reviewed “The Batman” and “Fresh.” He also appeared on the Cinema Stubs” podcast to discuss “The Batman,” “Cyrano” and 80s action movies.

Eric Houston

Houston continued his video essay series, King of the Cowboys, this time with a focus on John Wayne movies.

Frank Lee

For the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee wrote about the new “Batman” film.

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed “The Batman” and “Turning Red.” He also ranked the Batmobiles from “Batman” films.

Ruth Maramis

At FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed “The Batman,” “Turning Red,” “C’Mon C’Mon” and “The Adam Project.” She also ranked all of the live action “Batman” films.

Mark McPherson

On his site, McPherson reviewed Pixar’s “Turning Red” and the new horror film “X.”

Nicholas Palodichuk

On the St. Paul Filmcast, Palodichuk spoke with actress Andie Moore and director Jack Beranek.

Frank Stanko

Continuing his look at films from 1998, Stanko wrote about “Twilight,” “The Big Lebowski” and “The Man in the Iron Mask.”

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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