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Better Know the Alliance: Summer Movie Memories

As film critics, we love movies. That love is often built over time at one place, the movie theater.

That can be especially true during the summer months. Many of us start off as movie fans first and the big summer blockbusters that brought us to the theaters helped kick off a lifelong love of film.

With summer getting underway, members of the MNFCA take a look back at some of their most memorable movie experiences in the hottest months of the year, and what they enjoy aside from film as well.

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The Inaugural MNFCA Awards

The following are the results of the first ever Minnesota Film Critics Alliance Awards.

The Alliance is a 17-member group and for this year’s awards, 14 participated in nominating and voting on the best of 2020. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, films released into March were eligible, allowing some titles watched in 2021 to be included.

Below are the nominees, runners-up and winners.

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Minnesota Film Critics Alliance Member Profile: Joe Botten

Joe Botten is better known as the MN Movie Man, and he’s been writing about film with that title since 2012.

In his own words, here’s more about Botten.

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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 10

The new thriller “Antebellum” and a mix of all kinds of other films were looked at by the Alliance over the last week. 

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

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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 9

It was a mix of movies playing in theaters and films streamed at home that were reviewed and discussed this week by members of the MNFCA. Regardless, though, all genres were on the table.

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

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The Alliance Lately, Issue No. 8

It was a busy week for Minnesota film critics with several reviews of Christopher Nolan’s new movie “Tenet” being published. Additionally, other movies from 2020 along with flicks from the 80s and 90s were looked at.

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

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Minnesota Film Critics Alliance Member Profile: Melinda Lavine

Melinda Lavine is a features reporter at the Duluth News Tribune. She regularly writes about movies, including reviews. She previously worked for the Grand Forks Herald.

Here’s more about Lavine.

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Minnesota Film Critics Alliance Member Profile: Frank Stanko

Frank Stanko is the Richland County reporter at the Wahpeton Daily News, which covers Wahpeton, ND., and Breckenridge, Minn.. In his spare time, he writes the “Thoughts On” column at The Pop Culturists. This year, Thoughts On is covering the films of 1985 and occasionally “Mad About You.”

Here’s more background on Stanko, who lives in Wahpeton:

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Minnesota Film Critics Alliance Member Profile: T.A. Wardrope

T.A. Wardrope is a writer of reviews and film essays, with his work featured at Twin Cities Geek. He’s also an author of science fiction and horror.

Here’s more background on Wardrope, who lives in Minneapolis:

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Minnesota Film Critics Alliance Member Profile: Ruth Maramis

Ruth Maramis is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved movie critic and filmmaker in the Twin Cities. She writes about movies at FlixChatter, and was also writer and executive producer for her film “Hearts Want.”

Here’s more about Maramis:

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