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AP Film Studies: Black Thought

Women dominate the Portland Black Film Fest.


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It’s no secret that cinema is whitewashed. Just look at the lineup of the Portland International Film Fest, which features a whopping two movies from the African continent in a sea of middle   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AP KRYZA

Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.


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In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

A Most Violent Year: Movie Review

Down and out in New York City.


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Calling A Most Violent Year a period piece is like calling a ruby a rock. Yes, the film takes place in 1981 New York, one of the most crime-ridden years in the city’s history. And yes, directo   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 AP KRYZA

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.


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Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: The Passion Of The Spliced

Church of Film worships at the altar of obscure cinema.


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In 2013, Matthew Lucas and Leslie Napoles quietly started a film club for a few friends to gather, geek out over lesser-known cinema and sip a little wine. Soon, it became a church that worships   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry pays tribute to second-wave feminists.


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Think back to Beyoncé’s performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards—her rock-solid command of the stage, her spangly leotard, those heart-melting cuts to Blue Ivy on Jay Z’s lap. Recal   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Woo Woo

How John Woo nearly ruined action films.


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With 1989’s The Killer and 1992’s Hard Boiled, John Woo made two of cinema’s best-ever action films. In both movies (screening as a double feature at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Hol   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 AP KRYZA

Don’t Shoot

A new documentary examines the history of police brutality in Portland.


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Long before the Trail Blazers warmed up in “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, another group of Portlanders wore a very different message across their chests. Thirty years ago, after a man died    More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

American Sniper: Movie Review

Shoot first, ask questions never.


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Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) lies with his gun on a rooftop in Iraq. In his sights is a boy holding a grenade, approaching American troops. It’s up to him: kill a child or see his friends slaug   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Zero Motivation: Movie Review

Army brats.


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Israeli comedy Zero Motivation has been breathlessly hailed in reviews and promotional materials as everything from M*A*S*H* meets Orange Is the New Black to an episode of Broad City as directed b   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAT MERCK
 

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