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Citizenfour

With every move he makes, another chance he takes.


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History happens in real time in Citizenfour, a behind-closed-doors account of Edward Snowden’s decision to reveal the dizzying extent of government surveillance programs. Much of Laura Poitr   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan aces art class but flunks astronomy.


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Christopher Nolan is Hollywood’s most masterful huckster: a blockbuster auteur who uses incredible sleight of hand to elevate into art what other directors would leave as garbage. He is the ki   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: H.I. and Mighty

Raising Arizona and the art of loquacious lowlifes.


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Did somebody tell the Coen brothers to shut up? ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekMaybe it’s a response to Tom Hanks’ silver-tongued jackass in the reviled 2004 remake of The Ladykillers, but with th   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

Fuss and Feathers

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman can’t quite take flight.


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In Birdman, our protagonist is Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who once wore wings as the titular superhero. But in this film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Whiplash

Jazz as blood sport.


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Whiplash clefts music from dance, love and spirituality. What’s left is muscle, red and raw, beating faster and faster against a drum. That’s how Damien Chazelle’s beautiful but troubling    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Listen Up Philip

Schwartzman unbound.


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Oh, the bittersweet deliciousness of being an asshole. Listen Up Philip revels in it. Director Alex Ross Perry has said in interviews that his film is an amalgamated homage to Philip Roth, and t   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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
 

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