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12 O’Clock Boys

Rev it up.


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Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan apparently began creating 12 O’Clock Boys with one question in mind: Who are these gangs of kids barreling around Baltimore on dirt bikes? His film answers tha   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 RUTH BROWN

AP Film Studies: Back To Black

The Portland Black Film Festival loosens up.


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The Portland International Film Festival is a thing of wonder, but it seems this year to have forgotten something: black film. While we might get a pleasant surprise when that French film Cycling    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Invisible Woman

A Victorian tale without any teeth.


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It’s unfair but inevitable: You hope a film about a writer’s life will be as interesting and exciting and high-stakes as the scribe’s own work. But biopics rarely live up to the standards se   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Sake-Bomb

Kanpai, bro.


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Sebastian (Eugene Kim) is the proprietor of FOBMotherfucker.com, a video blog featuring his thoughtful if angry videos on racial stereotypes and American culture. He’s also the biggest hater h   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

AP Film Studies: Santa’s Last Stand

Papa Noël and his cronies take over the Clinton Street.


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Despite what your neighbors who refuse to take down their saggy inflatable reindeer might say, Christmas isn’t over until the jolly fat man says so. And, unfortunately for your lazy-ass neighb   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AP KRYZA

God Loves Uganda

Preaching an anti-gay sermon in East Africa.


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In 1907, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa.” More than a century later, the International House of Prayer—a Missouri-based megachurch that calls itself, yes, IHOP�   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Best Offer

Fake out.


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In writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, an uptight art collector and auctioneer named Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) follows a windy path of unintended self-destruction. He’s a    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

AP Film Studies: Run Run and Hide

The Shaw Brothers’ legacy and the Portland connection.


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Without Run Run Shaw, the Wu Tang Clan might have been something to fuck with. Entering The Matrix would have been boring. Bill almost certainly wouldn’t have been killed—at least not with the   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

Computer Love

In Spike Jonze’s Her, the love is real—even if she is not.


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And so there’s this computer. It’s not exactly a laptop, or a tablet or smartphone, but an artificially hyperintelligent operating system that’s half personal secretary, half therapist. It speaks in a naturalistic feminine rasp. It seems to be thinking.   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

August: Osage County

Claws out.


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In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep is a pill-popping Tyrannosaurus rex in a black bouffant wig. Julia Roberts is a weather-parched velociraptor in mom jeans. And when these mother-daughter di   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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