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Kill Your Darlings

Less a howl than a moan.


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Sometimes in film, actors so fully inhabit the roles of historical figures that they don’t just capture the essence of the human being, they become even more vivid and convincing than footage of   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cowboys Don’t Cry

Matthew McConaughey electrifies Dallas Buyers Club.


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The first time Matthew McConaughey appears onscreen in Dallas Buyers Club—that is, after he’s shown thrusting away at two female rodeo groupies in the shadows of a backstage stall—the reflex   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Motel Life

Brotherly love.


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While it might be true that even losers get lucky sometimes, such good fortune tends to be fleeting. That’s certainly the case with brothers    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

AP Film Studies: Going Native

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and the local-movie dilemma.


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Quick! Name a director from the Pacific Northwest.  You know you’re going to say Gus Van Sant. Even if you hate My Own Private Idaho (hell, I kinda do), his is too often the only name that co   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AP KRYZA

Freedom Lost

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a brutal, beautiful and vital film.


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Twelve Years a Slave was part of a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolition   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Undocumented

Over the border.


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It’s one thing to hear the facts: In the past 15 years, more than 2,500 migrants attempting to cross the Mexico-Arizona border through the Sonora Desert have perished en route. It’s quite an   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

AP Film Studies: Shared Nightmares

Here there be dragons—and Nosferatu.


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At a party long ago, a bleary-eyed co-worker began talking about dragons. He was drunkenly regurgitating a theory that all humans were evolved from aquatic apes whose main predators were big cat   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AP KRYZA

All Is Lost

Old man and the sea.


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We all know Robert Redford too well. We know that, after nearly 50 years on the big screen, Redford the man is not an investigative journalist, a gadabout sidekick or a dark-horse power hitter   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Good Ol’ Freda

She’s leaving home.


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At 17, Freda Kelly was plucked from a typing pool to serve as secretary for what would become the biggest band in the world. Director Ryan White’s documentary Good Ol’ Freda is a charming    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

AP Film Studies: Rip-Off Artists

Heed Turkish Rambo’s battle cry.


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Your favorite movie is a rip-off. Or maybe it’s an homage. Or a reimagining. But, really, it’s a rip-off. And that’s OK.  ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallSome of our greatest cinematic treasu   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AP KRYZA
 

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