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True Detective: A Walk Among the Tombstones Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: C+ Taking a break from hammer-punching seas of faceless Eastern European scumbags to hammer-punch only a few skeezy New Yorkers, A Walk Among the Tombstones finds Liam Neeson in a much more appropriate phase of his late-career tough-guy transformation: the detective period. Frankly, a rain-soaked trench coat suits him better than the near-superheroi...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by AP KRYZA

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam screws with the origins of the universe.


Movie Reviews & Stories
One of few modern auteurs who deserves to be called visionary, Terry Gilliam is at his best when creating sprawling, colorful worlds and then placing the people who populate those worlds into    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: To The Races

Do the Right Thing kicks off a new race talks series.


Movie Reviews & Stories
If you didn’t know it came out in 1989, you might mistake Do the Right Thing for a present-day response to gentrification, racial tensions and police brutality. The film’s debates over a whi   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Apes Of Wrath

The science and fiction of Every Which Way But Loose.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Every Which Way But Loose is a bizarre film, even for 1978. It’s about a dude (Clint Eastwood) who cruises around California drinking beer, bar brawling, chasing tail, listening to country m   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AP KRYZA

Filmmaker Edward Pack Davee

A filmmaker explores the trauma of war while soaring high in a vintage combat airplane.


Fall Arts
For a filmmaker who’s spent the past two years imagining the forests around Hood River as the corpse-strewn battlefields of World War II Europe, it’s not surprising Edward Pack Davee speaks    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AP KRYZA

Portland Fall Film Picks


Fall Arts
Noir City Typically, when film programming highlights the seedy noir world of femmes fatales, crooked detectives, rainy streets and double crosses, it focuses on well-known classics like The Th   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Lucid Dreams

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams gets the musical treatment.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Music nerds and film geeks are constantly jockeying for the title of most obsessive fan, scrutinizing every note of an album or every frame of a movie. But sometimes, the two factions arrive a   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.


Movie Reviews & Stories
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

AP Film Studies: Vice Squad

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


Movie Reviews & Stories
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.


Movie Reviews & Stories
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
 

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