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We live in a difficult world. If you were not aware of how difficult it is, the Portland International Film Festival is here to remind you.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

Beer Bash

Seriously, who picked the flicks for the 2012 Beer and Movie lineup?


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1000101011101010101. That’s the opening pixel of Conan the Barbarian as it will appear to future audiences. Good ol’-fashioned film is dying, fast, as cheaper, digital projectors now control a   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

Half-Baked Alaska

Movies that can see Russia from their house.


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Big Miracle58 About 15 minutes into the new inspirational family film Big Miracle, an insufferable Drew Barrymore exclaims, “But this is different—whales are in danger!” I rolled my eyes so ha   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

38th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

It’s week two, and we gotta get back in time.


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How the Fire Fell 72 Joe Haege (31Knots frontman, part-time Menomena member) stars as charismatic preacher Edmund Creffield...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 WW MOVIE STAFF

38th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

New name, same game: Discovering local talent.


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Instead of the usual mid-life displays of sports car and trophy companion, the NW Film Center’s regional festival is celebrating its 38th year
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 WW MOVIE STAFF

Certified Copy/Soul Surfer

These movies have nothing in common!


Movie Reviews & Stories
Certified Copy 77 Juliette Binoche’s filmography already reads like a Bazin-quoting video store geek’s wet dream—Godard, Haneke, Kieslowski, Assayas and Hou have all harnessed her radiance—a   More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 WW MOVIE STAFF

Not Dark Yet

But PIFF’s Getting There.


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This is the way the world cinema showcase ends: not with a whimper, but with mutilated clowns and schoolgirls with robotic claws. The Portland International Film Festival doesn’t let its foot off    More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 WW MOVIE STAFF

PIFF Rolls East

Ghost monkeys, a killer tire and other Portland International Film Festival treats.


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Gephyrophobia: the fear of crossing bridges. This malady has longed plagued the eastside cinephile during the Portland International Film Festival. But not this year. In its second week, PIFF jumps   More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 WW MOVIE STAFF

PIFF Gets Spiffy

All aboard the new and improved Portland International Film Festival.


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There’s no mistaking it: Like any good regional importer looking to tap into economic recovery, the 34th annual Portland International Film Festival is diversifying. For the first time, PIFF is exp   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 WW MOVIE STAFF
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