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Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.


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At first glance, Frank seems like twee hipster bait. It’s about a struggling songwriter. Tweets flash onscreen like in a millennial episode of Pop-Up Video. It treats Austin—and specifically S   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.


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The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

AP Film Studies: Vice Squad

Miami Vice gets a 30th birthday bash, complete with wine coolers.


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The year was 1984. Dr. Cliff Huxtable took up residency on the televisions of America. A Canadian astronaut finally made it to space. And, most importantly, two Miami cops rendered socks complet   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Divine Conception

Drag legend Divine screws herself into villainy in Female Trouble.


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In modern comic-book films, villains are born of strange circumstances. Maybe a crook falls into a vat of acid and emerges a super-criminal. Maybe a mad scientist is blasted with gamma rays, o   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 AP KRYZA

Portland Film Festival

What’s so Portland about this fledgling fest?


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You might expect the Portland Film Festival to be some kind of bonanza for locavore cinephiles. You’d be wrong. Festival director Josh Leake hopes his event, now in its second year, becomes    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The One I Love

Hit the reset button.


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The One I Love is the sort of film that prompts critics to fill their reviews with warnings of spoilers and hammy pronouncements that “to reveal more would spoil the fun.” That overstates    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: Portland Director Aaron Katz's Land Ho!

Land Ho! spots a new brand of comedy on Aaron Katz’s horizon.


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Aaron Katz has come a long way since his last film, 2010’s cutesy mystery Cold Weather. For Land Ho!, the Portland-born Katz and co-director Martha Stephens travel to Iceland, where two geezers    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Movie Review: Calvary

Truth will out.


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John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary is not a film that shies away from big questions: about life and death, faith and doubt, virtue and sin. It also doesn’t shy away from eccentric personaliti   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: What If

When Harry met Chantry.


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Love makes heavy demands of young Torontonians. First, Michael Cera had to battle his girlfriend’s evil exes in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Now in What If, Daniel Radcliffe faces a potentially    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

AP Film Studies: Reel Junk

Bad Movie Nite is your childhood sleepover all grown up.


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Film nerd Scott Hammond spent his early years bathing in the glow of late-night TV. Watered-down sex, violence and schlock bombarded his young brain while Mom, sleeping nearby, remained oblivi   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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