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AP Film Studies: Sharper Image

The Hollywood goes large-format.


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Screw Pioneer Courthouse Square. For movie nerds, the Hollywood Theatre is Portland’s living room. In recent years, it’s transformed itself from a run-down joint to the best-curated theater    More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 AP KRYZA

Pride: Movie Review

A fop and a miner walk into a leather bar.


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Politics make strange bedfellows. That was certainly true of gay activists and mineworkers, who formed an unlikely alliance during a British labor strike 30 years ago. Their story is dramatized    More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Guest: Movie Review

From Downton to darkness


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The thriller The Guest is what might happen if John Carpenter made a Halloween movie in which Michael Myers takes off his mask and turns out to be a pretty cool guy. Still mourning the loss of t   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Kill the Messenger: Movie Review

Scoops and snoops.


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Ah, the mid-’90s! The halcyon days of print! When journalists were lightly bearded men who, when they weren’t exposing national secrets, took emotional motorcycle rides through the forest! S   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Steering Queer

An LGBTQ film festival rebrands itself.


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When the Portland Queer Film Festival launched 18 years ago, it didn’t have that name—it was the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and the word “queer” was a long way from bein   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 WW MOVIE STAFF

The Two Faces of January : Movie Review

Slick shtick.


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The throwback thriller The Two Faces of January begins with a man conning a married couple. It’s about the only time in Hossein Amini’s sleek, subdued adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s no   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Gone Girl: Movie Review

David Fincher makes the darkest Lifetime movie ever.


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Gone Girl might be David Fincher’s battiest work—and that’s saying something for a director who previously opened a film with a shot that traveled from a man’s innards to the barrel of a   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Nightmare Maestro

Legendary horror composer Alan Howarth hits the Hollywood.


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Killers and monsters get all the attention in horror movies. But composer Alan Howarth elevates such films into artistic exercises in terror. When Michael Myers makes a pitchfork kebab of teenag   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Boxtrolls: Movie Review

Laika returns with more stop-motion wizardry—and a good deal less fun.


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Last summer, Portland animation house Laika turned heads with a trailer full of same-sex couples materializing and evaporating next to a rosy-cheeked toddler. “Sometimes, there’s a mother,��   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Skeleton Twins

Two of a kind.


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Some twins can finish each other’s sentences, or guess what number the other is imagining with to-the-decimal-point accuracy. In The Skeleton Twins, Maggie and Milo’s sibling ESP manifests i   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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