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Wild: Movie Review

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild blazes a powerful trail.

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On the Pacific Crest Trail, hikers speak of the “green tunnel” that greets you in Oregon. This tunnel—lush layers of moss and ferns and Douglas fir—rarely breaks for views and drenches those who enter. As Reese    More
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: True Love

Cary Elwes on The Princess Bride and drinking with André.

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Presumably due to a bout with being “nearly dead” or interference by the Dread Pirate Roberts, actor Cary Elwes has postponed his Portland visit this week to Dec. 17—making us all, like so   More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Great Invisible: Movie Review

Built to spill.

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In contrast to its name, The Great Invisible opens with something very much visible: ribbons of copper-colored oil floating in the otherwise shockingly blue Gulf of Mexico, like an exquisite mod   More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 KAT MERCK

The Homesman: Movie Review

Wigging out in the Wild West.

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Mary Bee Cuddy is an eligible bachelorette, and not just for the 1850s. She owns land in the Nebraska Territory, has a fine singing voice and can fry up a delicious chicken dinner. But, as cru   More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Portland’s Poet

Walt Curtis on Mala Noche, Portland’s literary history and Hollywood dildos.

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Poet Walt Curtis sits in a tiny room in his shared house in Kerns, amid stacks of books and papers and an in-progress abstract nude painting. As the smell of grilled meat wafts in from the Mexican   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 AP KRYZA

Goodbye to Language

Farthouse cinema.

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Jean-Luc Godard could make a movie about a potato and produce something engrossing. Goodbye to Language is a new 3-D essay film by this luminary of the French New Wave, which is another way of s   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

The Way He Looks

Bach and Belle (and Sebastian)

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Forget the love triangle. The Way He Looks gives us the love rhombus. Giovana loves Leonardo but Leonardo loves Gabriel and Gabriel loves Belle and Sebastian. The film, from Brazilian writer-d   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: Insane in the Ukraine

The psychedelic mania of Ivan Kupalo.

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With imagery that makes Dali’s surrealism look like a kids’ coloring book—pig-riding demons, bleeding bread, slain children—and enough psychedelic color washes to give Dario Argento a    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Theory of Everything

Relatively speaking.

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A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s 30-year marriage to Jane Wilde, The Theory of Everything fits a tad too snugly into the biopic tradition. Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ expressionist   More
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Keep On Keepin’ On

Too much of a good thing.

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There’s nothing inherently bad about a happy film. But there’s nothing inherently good, either. That’s the case with Keep On Keepin’ On, a documentary about jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and hi   More
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH
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