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The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Reviewed

Guy Ritchie’s spy flick is like Snatch, with super-Nazis.

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If you walked out of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation and thought, “I can’t wait to see another spy thriller with too much punctuation based on a ’60s TV show,” then fear not. Hollywood is lo   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 ALEX FALCONE

The Mighty Masked

CineLuchaFest unleashes the wide world of Mexploitation madness.

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American superheroes deal with quite a lot. The Avengers had to put aside their egos to save humanity from an army of sentient robots. Batman had to balance his thirst for vengeance with his moral cod   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 AP KRYZA

The Dayz of Wayback

Straight Outta Compton will be cool, but not exactly real.

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Uh, no. Remember that phrase as you watch the long-awaited N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton this weekend. It will surely be an incredible film—but not nearly what it could have been were it no   More
Monday, August 10, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Decline of Western Civilization

Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris says her L.A. rock trilogy is her life’s work.

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Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris earned a choice spot in the punk-rock pantheon by documenting the rowdy Los Angeles scene that spat Black Flag and the Germs into the world in her The    More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

The 48 Hour Film Project

3 teams, 2 days, 1 lost cat and $31.50 in burritos.

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The 48 Hour Film Project gives amateurs and veteran filmmakers an equal shot at showing their work at the Portland Film Festival—provided they can make a film in just two days.   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE, JAY HORTON, AMY WOLFE

Fever Dreams

The Druid Underground Film Fest brings the crazy to Clinton Street.

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Satan walks among us, and he has a big, red erection. Normally, the image of the Prince of Darkness casually strolling around full-mast would give a moviegoer pause. But at the Druid Undergrou   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 AP KRYZA

Cruising Along

Rogue Nation plays it safe. And that’s what saves this ship.

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You’ve got lots of choices when it comes to actiony spy movies these days. You’ve got your Jameses Bond, your Jasons Bourne, your Kingsmen, and and and. So why come back to Mission: Impossible, th   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 ALEX FALCONE

The Kids Aren’t Alright

Harry Potter is fine at 35. These kids aren’t.

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J.K. Rowling’s cash cow, Harry Potter, turns 35 this week, sparking a series of celebrations around the world in which fans use the fictional birthday of a fictional wizard as a very real excuse to    More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 AP KRYZA

Boogie Knights

Our picks for best drinking buddies in the Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films, from his 1997 porn elegy Boogie Nights to last year’s psychedelic adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, rank among the most important major releases of   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 JAY HORTON

Movie Review: Do I Sound Gay?

A documentarian tries to straighten his speech.

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There is only one thing I look for in a successful documentary: Does it make me feel guilty about an issue I didn’t previously feel guilty about? Blackfish did, obviously, and Hoop Dreams, and all t   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 ALEX FALCONE
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