Films step into the Middle of the Map spotlight

This year, Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Festival boasts a lineup of 28 features (and a collection of shorts). The entries exhibit a strong anchor in musical themes. But there is comedy, action, mystery and fantasy to be found as well. Among the highlights is “Every Everything: The Music, Life and Times of Grant Hart,” a documentary about the former drummer/vocalist of Hüsker Dü (pictured).

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Movie Reviews

‘Heaven is for Real’ deals with earthly struggles, too

“Heaven Is for Real” is based on the true story of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father — a local minister — that he’s been to heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to accept the story when the youngster reveals information he only could have been given by those who died before he was born.

‘The Raid 2’: The most violent movie ever made?

“The Raid 2” is the most violent movie ever made. The exploding heads, slit, gurgling throats and claw-hammer crunches and tears are so excessive as to make the works of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and torture porn king Eli Roth seem almost quaint in retrospect.

'Transcendence' can't transcend sci-fi cliches

For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn't take a role that required him to get a haircut. "Chocolat," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Sleepy Hollow" - mop-topped coincidences, or a career vanity?

Movie guide alt: Independent, limited release and foreign-language films

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

Holder urges use of overdose-reversal drug

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike.

'Heaven's' depiction of family is for real

"Heaven is for Real" is based on the true story of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father - a local minister - that he's been to Heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to accept the story when the youngster reveals information he only could have been given by those who died before he was born.

Nicole Kidman gets to the very soul of adventure

LOS ANGELES - It's too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert.

Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.