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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Matt Wolf’s Teenage is something of a mess, but it’s an interesting mess. It’s impossible for the film to avoid the label “documentary,” but it’s not that.

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Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has addressed subjects that range from the owners of pet cemeteries to innocent men in prison to a murder case in which the only witness was a talking parrot. Morris’s new film is his second about men who have taken America into questionable wars.

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It’s tempting to say that Darren Aronofsky's over publicized Noah is just a bucket of baloney, but that’s not all it is. Once in a while, the movie makes a surprising move, or shows a flash of genuine imagination and nerve.

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Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh has become one of Cambodia’s most eloquent voices about the horror inflicted on the country in the 1970s. His latest documentary, The Missing Picture, uses figurines and archival footage to document the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.

There are many films about major religious events, but not many about the interior feelings of religion or spirituality. The new documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago is looking for that, and it comes pretty close.

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Playing at film festivals around the globe for months Tim’s Vermeer has developed an appreciative audience. It’s a deserved reputation that may only expand now that it’s finally showing in theaters.

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The new film Omar, made in Palestine by Hany Abu-Assad, was one of the five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Oscars. It didn’t win, but it would have been a good choice.

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Winter’s Tale hop-scotches through time, making far-fetched connections between characters and does all it can to make an audience feel its magic.

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In the new documentary If You Build It, a group of high school students build a farmers market in a small North Carolina town. The project was an experiment in education that seems to have worked, but does a good project equal a good film?