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.



Fri September 19, 2014

Three Things I Learned At The Telluride And Toronto Film Fests

A still from 'Atlantic.'

Film festivals add up to more than a list of movies. If it works right, you find yourself in a critical mass of film, conversation, and the sheer intensity of doing nothing else for a few days. Here’s some of what came through at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals.

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Fri September 12, 2014

For Film Fans, Toronto Offers Glamour, Size And Variety

Actor Mark Ruffalo attends the "Infinitely Polar Bear" premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, September 10, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images Courtesy Of Toronoto International Film Festival

The Toronto Film Festival is as good as Telluride, but the two are nothing alike.

Telluride is a film lovers’ paradise; it's small, cozy and elegant; it nestles in a jewel of a mountain town that's grown chic and pricey, but still dazzles people when they get out of a movie and look around them. The Toronto festival is big and sprawling. It’s just one of hundreds of events in a great city with crowded streets, traffic, countless tiny ethnic restaurants, and the hubbub of business and commerce.

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Fri September 5, 2014

Telluride Film Festival A Masterpiece In Itself

Telluride, Colorado plays host to one of the most respected film festivals in the world
Woody Hibbard Creative Commons/Flickr

Since 1974, the Telluride Film Festival has taken place over Labor Day Weekend. According to KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who also teaches film and television at CU-Denver, the festival can be a life-shifting event.

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Fri August 29, 2014

Who You Gonna Call? 30 Years On, The Answer's Still 'Ghostbusters'

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in 'Ghostbusters.'
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Aside from the furniture in her apartment and the costumes and hair worn by actress Sigourney Weaver, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters hasn’t aged much.

You have to wonder why.

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Fri August 22, 2014

In Woody Allen's Latest, The 'Magic' Doesn't Pop

From left to right: Emma Stone, Woody Allen and Colin Firth.
Jack English Gravier Productions, Inc

Years ago, the former head of production at United Artists, Steven Bach, wrote that studios loved to work with Woody Allen. They knew they wouldn’t make a lot of money, but they’d come out OK. They could rely on Allen to shoot the script he said he would shoot, bring the film in on time and on budget, and the work always brought prestige.

You can see all that in Allen’s latest picture, Magic in the Moonlight.

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