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Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.

It did not augur well for Disney’s latest princess cartoon when the studio changed the title from Rapunzel to Tangled, in hopes of enticing more little princes. Let down your hair, but hedge you ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 AARON MESH

Trash Humpers

Anne Hathaway seeks a cure for Love & Other Drugs.

In advance of its much-buzzed release, the Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams film Blue Valentine—which has yet to secure a Portland opening—was slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, a ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Down here, it’s Ron Weasley’s time.

Everybody has tough teenage years, but damn does Harry Potter have issues. Sure, we’ve all dealt with shifty relatives and hormonally imbalanced friends with mean streaks. But we didn’t ha ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer

You’ll root for the guy who can’t keep it in his pants.

If you’re looking for a definitive answer to why former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the crusading prosecutor many believed would become America’s first Jewish president, was dumb enough t ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 KELLY CLARKE


Rebel with an occasional cause.

Watch Carlos immediately after Four Lions, as I did, and it seems to hail from a gentler and more civilized (if not exactly kinder or simpler) era of terrorism. Ilich Ramírez Sánchez (no ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 AARON MESH

An Unarmed Man

In 127 Hours, James Franco is caught between a rock and...another rock.

Depending on how you choose to look at it, Danny Boyle either makes inspirational movies about distressing subjects or distressing movies about inspirational subjects. Trainspotting is a picture about ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 AARON MESH


Didn’t you say there were going to be monsters?

Last summer, District 9 proved to be a science-fiction film palatable for audiences outside the nerd domain. Like Cloverfield, it employed political allegory and that Blair Witch‑y hand-held cam ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Ali Rothschild


Runaway train, never going back.

Tony Scott’s last two films starred Denzel Washington, as a righteous ATF agent who travels back in time to stop the terrorist bombing of a ferry (Deja Vu) and as a kindly subway dispatcher who ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 AARON MESH

Suicide Bombing Is Painless

Four Lions is a jihadist Three Stooges.

In his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright tells the story of how, in 1996, the Taliban captured the Afghan capitol of Kabul and began enforcing an insanely draconia ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 AARON MESH

Tamara Drewe/Mademoiselle Chambon

They’re both ladies caught in a bad romance.

Tamara Drewe 84 Writing—or at least typing—always looks a little silly onscreen, but Stephen Frears (The Grifters, The Queen) makes the craft look especially preposterous in the opening mi ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 WW Screen Staff
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