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No Land of Milk and Honey

Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land wears its heart on its well-tailored sleeve.


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There are shots in Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land that could be mistaken for shots in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho: beautiful pastoral scenes, rolling country roads   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Les Misérables

More of a nightmare than a dream.


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Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables lives up to its name. With the exception of about 10 minutes, the nearly three-hour film is an endless wallow in the fields of squalor, filth, chancre and herpes.    More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Unchained and Unrestrained

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is certainly cool. But is that enough?


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Give Quentin Tarantino this much: He’s got balls. Imagine entering a meeting with a major studio, as a successful white director
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

This Is 40

Potty humor knows no age.


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Judd Apatow’s latest undertaking, This Is 40, revisits Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), the churlish yet lovable couple first introduced in Knocked Up. Fording the frigid waters of their   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 EMILY JENSEN

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Norman Rockwell, by way of Alfred Hitchcock.


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The photographer Gregory Crewdson has been described as “Norman Rockwell meets Norman Bates.” Like Rockwell, Crewdson captures small and ordinary    More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Middle Earth Gets a Makeover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a breathless, crackling adventure.


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By the time Peter Jackson wrapped his sterling Lord of the Rings trilogy, audiences had spent nearly 12 hours in Middle Earth, marveling at the...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 AP KRYZA

From House Seat to Director’s Chair

David Edwards masterminds his own mythology.


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Legislator-turned-filmmaker David Edwards wants to make one thing very clear: Nightscape, his debut feature, is not political commentary. It’s a fair disclaimer. The supernatural horror film, wh   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hyde Park on Hudson

The only things to fear are hot dogs and handshakes.


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Like so many great romances in history, the affair between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his cousin began with a timid hand job. At least, that’s how his paramour Daisy (Laura Linney) remembers    More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 EMILY JENSEN

Remember the Alameda

Revisiting blaxploitation classics at a former Alberta street institution.


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In the early 1970s, during the heyday of blaxploitation, there was only one place in Portland you could consistently see pictures like Shaft and Superfly: the Alameda Cinema.  “There wasn   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Striking a Balance

Bringing a taste of Hollywood­—new and old—to Vancouver.


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The huge sign and marquee brightly announcing the Kiggins Theatre and its filmic fare (this week: Looper and Frankenweenie) to the drivers and pedestrians on Vancouver’s Main Street already look remarkably out of place. The    More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM
 

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