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We Are the Best!

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With a title so cocksure, We Are the Best! couldn’t be about anything other than early adolescence, those years of impetuous declarations and unshakable convictions. Swedish director Lukas Moo   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Aftermath

Ghosts of the past.


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Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath, playing as part of the NW Film Center’s 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, tracks the tension between two brothers in rural Poland. After their fath   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Pussy Riot

Coming out to play at the Internet Cat Video Fest.


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I’m not a cat person. At all. The notion of loving cats was obliterated early in my life, by a brother who brainwashed me into memorizing the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, and by   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA

Worth a Dam

In Night Moves, her fourth film set in Oregon, director Kelly Reichardt travels south for some ecoterrorism.


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Kelly Reichardt isn’t from Oregon. The filmmaker was born in Florida and now lives in upstate New York, where she teaches at Bard College. But despite her geographical remove, Reichardt has beco   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Edge of Tomorrow

Groundhog Day goes to war with aliens.


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Watching a Tom Cruise movie comes with the implicit understanding that the three-time Oscar nominee is most likely to play the hero and, should his character perish, he’ll receive a glorious s   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Never Say Die

The Goonies ‘r’ good enough.


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Until the machines rise and hail him as a pioneer in the field of sentient military robotics, Short Circuit’s Johnny Five will never get a statue in downtown Astoria. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallAnd d   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

Bad Fairy

Maleficent through the ages.


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Hell hath no fury like a woman denied an invite. That, arguably, is the moral of the Sleeping Beauty story. As the tale goes, the sprite that didn’t make the guest list still appears at the eponymou   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 SAUNDRA SORENSON

Cold in July

Lone Star State of mind.


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The actor Michael C. Hall knows death. He had his breakout role in Six Feet Under as the closeted son David and then went on to play the titular serial killer in Dexter. In his newest role, in Jim Mic   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Palo Alto

California love.


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Given James Franco’s obnoxious ubiquity, it’s tough not to see Palo Alto—a big-screen adaptation of the multihyphenate’s short-story collection—as art imitating life. But this is also th   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AMANDA SCHURR

AP Film Studies: Brat Pack

Future films of Sofia Coppola.


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Sofia Coppola is her generation’s primary chronicler of the spoils of being spoiled. From The Virgin Suicides to Lost in Translation to The Bling Ring, her films center on rich and entitled people   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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