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A Most Wanted Man

The spy who bored me.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Had it been released a year ago, nobody would have taken notice of A Most Wanted Man, a gratingly bland espionage thriller set in post-9/11 Hamburg. But director Anton Corbijn’s thriller happens   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Hickey Theater

The NW Film Center brings drive-in nostalgia to Portland.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The drive-in movie theater is a magical place from a bygone era. It’s where Dottie planned the ultimate seduction of Pee-wee. It’s where teenagers get lucky in their parents’ minivans. It   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

Monkey Business: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B+
At one point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a chimp rides through a fiery war zone on horseback, a machine in each hand. Eventually, he jumps on a tank, throttles the driver and takes control.  As awesome as that sounds—and it’s pretty fucking awesome—it also makes it sound patently absurd to declare Dawn of the Planet of the Apes perhap...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Swayze Says

The Tao of Point Break and Road House.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Patrick Swayze may have gone to that big bar fight in the sky, but his wisdom remains. For he, friends, is like the wind. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallThis weekend, Cartopia—another legendary entit   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a brutal, thought-provoking ride.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the past 15 years, South Korea has experienced the most staggering cinematic renaissance since Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy ushered in independent American filmmaking. The current wave riffs on   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Stage To Screen

The resurrection of the band movie.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When they were young and their hearts were open books, the besuited Beatles made the band movie to which all other band movies would forever be compared. That was A Hard Day’s Night (Kiggins The   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Robopocalypse

Johnny 5 and the Hollywood Theatre could destroy us all.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’d be 100 percent behind a screening of Short Circuit (Hollywood Theatre; 7 pm Monday, June 30). It’s a lost gem of Oregon cinema: an Astoria-set, whimsical tal   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Starlit Swayze

Your best bets for outdoor movies.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Summer offers a lousy conundrum for film fans: Do you stay in the dark and air-conditioned multiplex and watch stuff explode? Or do you go outside and, you know, do normal summer things? ILLUS   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 AP KRYZA

Back to School: 22 Jump Street Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B+In addition to being one of the most surprisingly funny comedies in recent memory, 2012’s 21 Jump Street was one of the most self-aware movies to come along in some time, a film that openly mocked the fact that it was a retread of a long-forgotten, cornball ‘80s cop show. Unlike, say, the Starsky and Hutch reboot—which simply relied on ‘70s wigs and h...   More
 
Friday, June 13, 2014 by AP KRYZA

Aftermath

Ghosts of the past.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath, playing as part of the NW Film Center’s 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, tracks the tension between two brothers in rural Poland. After their fath   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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