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The Monuments Men

Preserve and protect.


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The story of The Monuments Men is inspiring. During World War II, a squadron of older art scholars was dispatched to Europe in an effort to protect art and other precious cultural artifacts from   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

PIFF Into Darkness

The Portland International Film Festival embraces its sinister side.


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It’s a dismal time of year. February is a dark, soggy slog—especially at the multiplex. It’s a perfect time, though, for snuggling into a seat in a cozy arthouse theater to watch something d   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Staff

The Past

A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you.


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At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two m   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

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
 

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