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Alliance Lately: Issue No. 63

The Toronto International Film Festival is underway and the MNFCA is providing some great coverage.

Members who’re seeing movies at TIFF have released some reviews giving readers an early look at upcoming pictures. It wasn’t all film festival premiers, though, as plenty of other new releases were also reviewed, such as the new horror flick “Barbarian.”

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

Sean Blanford

At his site Movie Birb, Blanford reviewed movies premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival including “The Whale” and “Glass Onion.”

Joe Botten

On his site, Botten reviewed recent releases “Gigi and Nate,” “The Good Boss,” “Burial,” “Maneater,” “Breaking,” “Barbarian,” “Pinocchio,” “End of the Road,” “House of Darkness,” “Speak No Evil,” “See How They Run,” “The Woman King” and “Pearl.”

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed new films “Official Competition,” “See How They Run,” “Barbarian,” “The Woman King,” “Clerks III” and “Pearl.” He also wrote about 1948’s “Force of Evil” and 1964’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On the Horror Rewind podcast, Florence and Hafdahl recapped recent films they watched including “They/Them,” “Prey” and “Fade to Black.” On another episode, they discussed the new horror film “Barbarian.”

Hunter Friesen

At his site The Cinema Dispatch, Friesen reviewed “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” which premiered at TIFF. He also wrote an award season preview based on fall film festivals, a top 10 list of Oliver Stone films, and a list about nine movies to see on the big screen.

Joseph Froemming

For his series The Joe-Down, Froemming reviewed the 1982 action film “First Blood.”

Jay Gabler

For the Duluth News Tribune, Gabler wrote about a feature on the new sports documentary “Hockeyland.”

Kyle Goethe and Nicholas Palodichuk

For their YouTube series Kyle and Nick on Film, Goethe and Palodichuk discussed 1972’s “Last House on the Left,” 1988’s “Apartment Zero,” 1990’s “Jacob’s Ladder,” 1994’s “The Last Seduction,” 1995’s “Jade” and 2005’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies, Grimes reviewed “Barbarian,” “Clerks III” and “See How They Run.” He also appeared on the Sept. 9 episode of Twin Cities Live.

Matt Hambidge

At his site News From the Couch, Hambidge reviewed recent films “See How They Run” and “Barbarian.” On the podcast he co-hosts, Cinema Stubs, Hambidge also talked about 90s action movies and more about “Barbarian,” as well as recent film news.

Danny Haslach

On the FilmBird podcast, the hosts discussed recent films they’ve been watching in one episode and the top 10 movies currently on Netflix on another.

Frank Lee

For the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee wrote about the sports documentary “Hockeyland.”

Matthew Liedke

On his site, Liedke reviewed recent releases “Beast,” “The Invitation” and “Barbarian.” He also posted his annual Summer Movie Awards.

Ruth Maramis

At FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed new films “Honk for Jesus,” “A Royal Night Out” and “Barbarian.”

Mark McPherson

At his site, McPherson reviewed new releases “Honk for Jesus” and “Clerks III.” He also wrote about the “Clerks” sequel for the site Film Inquiry.

Frank Stanko

Continuing his look back at the films of 1998, Stanko wrote about “Lethal Weapon 4” on the Pop Culturists.

Tyler Strandberg

At his site, Strandberg published his early Oscar predictions for the 2023 ceremony.


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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