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Alliance Lately: Issue No. 68

Winter has hit Minnesota this week with a blast of cold weather meaning it’s a good time to stay indoors and watch movies.

Members of the MNFCA have been doing just that, and reviewing movies as well. From the action flick “Violent Night” to the drama “Empire of Light,” Minnesota critics have been keeping busy with new releases, and older films, too.

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

Joe Botten

At his site, Botten reviewed “Christmas with the Campbells” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

Eli Brau

At A Cinephile’s Corner, Brau reviewed 2022 releases “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” “The Eternal Daughter,” “Amsterdam,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Emily the Criminal,” “Pinocchio,” “Emancipation,” “Causeway” and “The Fabelmans.” He also wrote about 2001’s “Mulholland Drive” and ranked the horror films of 2022.

Brian Eggert

On Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed new films “Till,” “The Eternal Daughter,” “Violent Night,” “Emancipation,” “Spoiler Alert,” “Empire of Light” and “Pinocchio.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On their podcast Horror Rewind, Florence and Hafdahl discussed the horror comedy “Blood Relatives” and the new Netflix series “Wednesday.”

Hunter Friesen

For the Cinema Dispatch, Friesen reviewed new films “Violent Night,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” “Spoiler Alert,” “Pinocchio,” “Emancipation,” “White Noise” and “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

Joseph Froemming

For his series The Joe-Down, Froemming reviewed 1991’s “Cool as Ice.”

Kyle Goethe

On the series Kyle and Nick on Film, Goethe and fellow MNFCA member Nicholas Palodichuk talked about 1944’s “Christmas Holiday” and 1974’s “Black Christmas.” They also discussed “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Brian and Charles,” “Smile,” Master” and “The Northman,” all from 2022.

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies, Grimes reviewed new releases “Strange World,” “Spoiler Alert,” “She Said” and “Pinocchio.” He also interviewed the cast of “Spoiler Alert,” while also making appearances on Twin Cities Live on Dec. 2 and 9.

Matt Hambidge

At News from the Couch, Hambidge reviewed “Violent Night,” “Something from Tiffany’s” and “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

Danny Haslach

On the FilmBird podcast, Haslach discussed 2022’s new thriller “The Menu.”

Frank Lee

For the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee reviewed new films “Bones and All” and “Violent Night.”

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed new releases “Strange World,” “The Menu,” “Bones and All,” “Empire of Light” and “Women Talking.”

Ruth Maramis

On FlixChatter, Maramis wrote about “Pinocchio,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” “Causeway” and “Empire of Light.” She also shared her thoughts on the Golden Globe nominations.

Mark McPherson

At his site, McPherson reviewed new films “Violent Night,” “Emergency Declaration,” “Empire of Light” and “Avatar: The Way of Water.” He also produced a video essay on Criterion film “Hard Boiled” from 1992.

Nicholas Palodichuk

On the St. Paul Filmcast, Palodichuk spoke with filmmaker Samuel T. Weston.

Tyler Strandberg

At InSession Film, Strandberg reviewed Disney’s “Strange World.”


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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