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Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.


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In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

A Most Violent Year: Movie Review

Down and out in New York City.


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Calling A Most Violent Year a period piece is like calling a ruby a rock. Yes, the film takes place in 1981 New York, one of the most crime-ridden years in the city’s history. And yes, directo   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 AP KRYZA

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.


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Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: The Passion Of The Spliced

Church of Film worships at the altar of obscure cinema.


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In 2013, Matthew Lucas and Leslie Napoles quietly started a film club for a few friends to gather, geek out over lesser-known cinema and sip a little wine. Soon, it became a church that worships   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry pays tribute to second-wave feminists.


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Think back to Beyoncé’s performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards—her rock-solid command of the stage, her spangly leotard, those heart-melting cuts to Blue Ivy on Jay Z’s lap. Recal   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Woo Woo

How John Woo nearly ruined action films.


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With 1989’s The Killer and 1992’s Hard Boiled, John Woo made two of cinema’s best-ever action films. In both movies (screening as a double feature at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Hol   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 AP KRYZA

Don’t Shoot

A new documentary examines the history of police brutality in Portland.


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Long before the Trail Blazers warmed up in “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, another group of Portlanders wore a very different message across their chests. Thirty years ago, after a man died    More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

American Sniper: Movie Review

Shoot first, ask questions never.


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Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) lies with his gun on a rooftop in Iraq. In his sights is a boy holding a grenade, approaching American troops. It’s up to him: kill a child or see his friends slaug   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Zero Motivation: Movie Review

Army brats.


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Israeli comedy Zero Motivation has been breathlessly hailed in reviews and promotional materials as everything from M*A*S*H* meets Orange Is the New Black to an episode of Broad City as directed b   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAT MERCK

AP Film Studies: Homer’s Odyssey

A Homer Groening retrospective reveals an overlooked genius.


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It’d be fair to assume that when Matt Groening named Homer Simpson after his father, he also gave the cartoon buffoon his dad’s personality. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Beca   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 AP KRYZA
 

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