Howie Movshovitz

Film Critic

Howie Movshovitz came to Colorado in 1966 as a VISTA Volunteer and never wanted to leave. After three years in VISTA, he went to graduate school at CU-Boulder and got a PhD in English, focusing on the literature of the Middle Ages. 

In the middle of that process, though (and he still loves that literature) he got sidetracked into movies, made three shorts, started writing film criticism and wound up teaching film at the University of Colorado Denver. He continues to teach in UCD’s College of Arts & Media.

He has been reviewing films on public radio since 1976 (first review: Robert Altman’s Buffalo Bill and the Indians). Along the way he spent nine years as the film critic of The Denver Post, and has been contributing features on film subjects to NPR since 1987.

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6:37am

Fri July 18, 2014
Movies

Imagination, Obsession Sets The Stage In 'Venus In Fur'

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigneur in Roman Polanski's 'Venus in Fur.'
IFC Films

It’s not unusual for filmmakers as they age to grow interested in theater. Jean Renoir did it toward the end of his career. Ingmar Bergman’s last major film, Fanny and Alexander, takes place in a theatrical family.

Now 81-year-old Roman Polanski, who has made films about Satanic cults, murderous insanity, Nazi atrocities and other terrors, has directed and written Venus in Fur, based on the play by David Ives.

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5:00am

Fri July 11, 2014
Movies

Poignant Cinema Sprung From 'The War To End All Wars'

Gary Cooper (left) & Jack La Rue in 1932's 'A Farewell to Arms.'
Paramount Pictures Film in the public domain

As we commemorate it's 100th anniversary, it's worth noting that films about World War I are nothing like the movies about World War II. While World War II films typically picture the end of the war as triumph, World War I movies reflect that ghastly absurd logic, and tend to end on notes of waste, loss and futility.

Most WWI films are anti-war, and there’s no such thing as triumph.

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7:00am

Fri July 4, 2014
Movies

'Korengal,' A Retread Whose Subject Matter Still Grips

Second Platoon Soldiers on patrol near table rock.
Outpost Films

The new documentary Korengal shows American soldiers in Afghanistan, yet the footage is less new; it’s made from material not used in an earlier film by the same directors.

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4:52am

Fri June 27, 2014
Movies

Sparse And In Striking Monochrome, 'Ida' Never Waivers

Courtesy of Music Box Films

Thanks to its black and white presentation and subject – it's partly about the Holocaust – the new Polish film Ida has been on a slow and gentle release.

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5:00am

Fri June 13, 2014
Movies

'Maleficent's' Tale Is Far More Emotive, Ambitious Than Most

Courtesy of Disney

The title Maleficent may be beyond the vocabulary of the movie’s target audience, but whatever your age, don’t let that bother you. It’s a far better movie than most adaptations of fairy tales, and it makes a good attempt to rescue ancient folk material from the dominance of male characters.

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