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AP Film Studies: Bleeding Kansas

The creepy, logical consequences of Return to Oz.

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Dorothy Gale is facing lobotomy. Oz is a wasteland dominated by a giant rock monster. An evil witch with a collection of interchangeable heads roams the land, while the folks walking a destroyed   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Oh, the Horror

A survival guide to Halloween at Portland movie houses.

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It’s the week before Halloween, and your chances of escaping the season without watching at least one horror flick are about as good as the chances of a buxom babysitter surviving a night at a   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Color Line

Dear White People is for everybody.

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When Justin Simien began work on Dear White People, early drafts of the screenplay included an over-the-top college party featuring white students in blackface. But at some point, he ruled it    More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

John Wick

Keanu Reeves brings the ruckus.

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John Wick treads familiar ground: A retired hit man is roped back into the life. But this is the rare film that excels as much for what it puts on display as for what it holds back. It oozes s   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Blue Room

Sex and death.

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Like the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks, the blue room is everywhere in The Blue Room. At least, it's everywhere that French director Mathieu Amalric (who starred in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)    More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

St. Vincent: Movie Review

Bill Murray: the patron saint of transforming mediocrity into artistry.

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Freshman director Theodore Melfi is a very, very lucky man. Under most circumstances, his debut, St. Vincent, would be blasted for its contrived, overwrought plot. Does the world really need anoth   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

20,000 Days on Earth: Movie Review

True or false.

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Nick Cave is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great liars. He admits as much in 20,000 Days on Earth. The way he sees it, the truth is a sea serpent that exists below the surface of a song, and his    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Men, Women & Children: Movie Review

OMG teh internetz.

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Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is Crash for the age of texting, tumbling and tweeting. It’s also Reitman’s second consecutive film—after last year’s treacly Labor Day—to be less   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Idol Chatter

The filth and fury of Kill Your Idols.

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Ten years ago, director Scott Crary unleashed Kill Your Idols, a documentary that dove deep into New York’s sweaty underground to chart the evolution of the punk and no-wave movements.  ILLUS   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

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
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