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Death Without Closure

Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the search for Osama Bin Laden to chilling effect.


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For all the talk about torture Zero Dark Thirty has generated, you’d be forgiven for thinking director Kathryn Bigelow spends 157 minutes   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gangster Squad

Firing wild and missing the mark.


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Talk about a misfire. Gangster Squad talks about it a few times. “Don’t aim for where it is,” one character, a quick shot with a Sam Elliott mustache, instructs another after he misses a m   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Rust and Bone

In which an orca bites off Marion Cotillard’s legs.


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Rust and Bone’s soundtrack features Bon Iver, “Love Shack” by the B-52s, and Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Such contrivances are rivaled only by the film’s implausible premise: A driven   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Mission: Impossible

As a disaster drama, The Impossible impresses. But its morals are swamped.


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It’s always tricky to criticize a film for what it fails to depict rather than for what it actually captures. But in The Impossible, the omission is so glaring that to disregard it would be to com   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

Pia Zadora ruins everything.


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When alums from TV’s Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling reunite in a Vegas hotel more than 20 years after their show was canceled, three show up in wheelchairs. A few of the ambulatory ones boast to   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 SAUNDRA SORENSON

Gus: Co-Directors

Local filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes talk fracking, MTV and old Portland.


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Todd Haynes, the Portland-based Academy Award-nominated director of Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven and the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There agreed...   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

Gus Among Us: Jon Raymond

We asked four Portlanders for their perspectives on Gus Van Sant. Here’s what they said.


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JON RAYMOND, Author I first laid eyes on Gus Van Sant sometime around 1990. It was at the Clinton Street Theater, and he was screening Mala Noche in the lead-up to the release of My Own Private Idaho   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW Staff

Gus Among Us: Aaron Mesh

We asked four Portlanders for their perspectives on Gus Van Sant. Here’s what they said.


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AARON MESH, WW staff writer If you can bear it, now is the necessary time to return to Gus Van Sant’s Elephant. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the director’s re-creation of the Colum   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 AARON MESH

Gus Among Us: James Westby

We asked four Portlanders for their perspectives on Gus Van Sant. Here’s what they said.


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JAMES WESTBY, Filmmaker In Last Days, famous and troubled musician Blake (Michael Pitt) gets a visit from a Yellow Pages salesman. Blake is wearing a dress with combat boots and can barely speak.   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

Gus Among Us: Viva Las Vegas

We asked four Portlanders for their perspectives on Gus Van Sant. Here’s what they said.


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VIVA LAS VEGAS, Author and stripper Once upon a time (this is a fairy tale), late on a Tuesday night at Mary’s Club, a posse of handsome, well-dressed men entered the bar and quietly took seats   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF
 

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