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A Superhero’s Shakespeare

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is a smart and chummy soiree.


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Much Ado About Nothing is all about trickery. The comedy—one of Shakespeare’s best—centers on two strong-minded singles, Beatrice and Benedick, each determined never to love and never to mar   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Bling Ring

Trapped in the closets of the rich and famous.


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Sofia Coppola has spent much of her career enticing viewers to shed a tear for the poor little rich boys and girls of the world. With her fifth feature, she turns her attention to the sidelines,   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Jewish Film Festival

Oy vey, enough with the kvetching.


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Because there just aren’t enough Jews making movies, the NW Film Center’s annual celebration of Yids in cinema returns for its 21st year. As the festival enters its second week, here’s wha   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 WW MOVIE STAFF

Alien Boy

Man of Steel makes clear Superman just wasn’t made for these times.


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Seventy-five years ago, as the Greatest Generation geared up to save the planet from tyranny, a figure of Christ-like perfection standing up for Earth’s right to exist was precisely what pop cul   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Kings of Summer

I want to be forever young.


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As cops break up a high-school kegger, and a burly teenager frantically pumps a few extra shots of beer into his maw, two 14-year-old boys stumble into a forest. Intending only to evade police,    More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Transparency made transparent.


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When Julian Assange exploded into the public consciousness as the face behind WikiLeaks, in the wake of the site’s publication of previously secret war logs from Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly eve   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AP KRYZA

Crash Course

A guided tour through Portland’s music-video history.


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When filmmaker and Portland State professor Dustin Morrow founded the Portland Music Video Festival last year, he limited the event to videos produced in Portland. This year, he solicited submis   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Sightseers

Of homicide and pencil museums.


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Ben Wheatley’s first two films—the gangster flick Down Terrace and the occult hit-man horror film Kill List—are marked by tendencies to genre hop in ways both stimulating and dumbfounding, m   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Hangover Mad Libs


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In the first Hangover sequel, writer-director Todd Phillips took the formula of his surprise mega-hit original, covered it in shit and pig’s blood, and came away with a mean, lazy, cash-grabbing   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Frances Ha

Girls, directed by Woody Allen and François Truffaut.


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People have been trying to figure out twentysomethings at least since Dustin Hoffman unzipped Anne Bancroft’s dress. In 2010, The New York Times Magazine ran a late-to-the-game article about a “   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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