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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

The Equalizer

With a vengeance.

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Antoine Fuqua’s revenge thriller The Equalizer could easily have been downright awful. Instead, it’s merely mediocre, which is testament to the immutable charisma of Denzel Washington   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Almost Factual

Excavating classic-rock history in Almost Famous.

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Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is a love letter to rock music that blurs fact and fiction. Like most people in the film, Kate Hudson’s character, Penny Lane, is based on a real person: Port   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam screws with the origins of the universe.

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One of few modern auteurs who deserves to be called visionary, Terry Gilliam is at his best when creating sprawling, colorful worlds and then placing the people who populate those worlds into    More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AP KRYZA


Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.

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Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of    More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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