Oct. 17--As film festivals go, Twin Cities Film Fest is an odd duck, combining sneak peeks at upcoming Hollywood titles with low-budget, locally made fare. But there are lots of intriguing possibilities in the festival, which runs today through Oct. 26 at St. Louis Park's Showplace Icon theaters.
Here are a few to keep your eye on:
"August, Osage County" -- Will the showy, entertaining stage drama be as effective as a movie? Hard to say, but acting fireworks are guaranteed with a dysfunctional family played by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis and Margo Martindale. 9:15 p.m., Oct. 24
"Last Vegas" -- The appeal of this sweet, Vegas-set comedy, bound to be dubbed "Grumpy Old Gamblers," is the chemistry between its leads, who believably convey the notion that they have been pals for six decades: Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro. (All have won Oscars and a fifth recipient, Mary Steenburgen, plays the romantic interest of a couple of them.) 3 p.m., Oct. 26
"Nebraska" -- Bruce Dern won the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the latest from writer/director Alexander Payne ("The Descendants," "About Schmidt"). It's a road movie, with Dern and Will Forte as father and son, and it's in black and white. 7 p.m., Oct. 17
"Pollywogs" -- Likably ragged, it's a comedy/drama that is best appreciated if you know its backstory: Writer/director Karl Jacob shot the improvised film at his family reunion in northern Minnesota, with his family members as supporting characters. 1 p.m., Oct. 26
"We Are What We Are" -- There are reasons to be suspicious of this remake. But the Mexican original, with a twist that is best not given away, was a creepily fascinating family melodrama. If the remake is even half as good, we're in for a dandy time. 9 p.m., Oct. 18
"Winter in the Blood" -- The latest from directors Alex and Andrew Smith (the spellbinding "Slaughter Rule") starts with a guy who wakes up, bloody and alone, and then goes on a dreamlike odyssey that may or may not mean the end of his world. 6:30 p.m., Oct. 19
Chris Hewitt can be reached at 651-228-5552. Follow him on twitter.com/ChrisHMovie.
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