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Return Of The Mac: Sex Tape Reviewed

The black comedy of white people problems.

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Critic's Grade: C+
Are Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel the Tracy & Hepburn of our age? This is less a jab at modern-day rom-com pairings—though, y'know, ick—than an appreciation of the difficulties faced when patently unlikable egotists careen heedlessly through others' lives to clean up their own embarrassments. It's one thing to sparkle through contrived circumstances, but in...   More
 
Friday, July 18, 2014 by JAY HORTON

Come back, Shame!: A Million Ways to Die in the West Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: C+
As writer/director/producer and star of A Million Ways To Die In The West, Seth MacFarlane is all shit, no cattle. Ten years ago, just after Family Guy's second cancellation and shortly before its creator met the devil at the crossroads, a few of the aging boy-animator's eventual ambitions could have been surmised. He would, of course, build a cartoo...   More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 by JAY HORTON

Why You Should Schedule Undateable

If not quite appointment viewing, try and at least pencil in former Portland comic Ron Funches' new sitcom.

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“Every underdog has its day” reads the ad tagline of Undateable, and NBC's newest sitcom seems guaranteed at least three of them. After dumping the first two episodes at the center of its once-grand husk of a Thursday night, the network plans to air another two—less than a binge but more than a snack—at the same time slot for the next two weeks, and then presumably some determi...   More
 
Friday, May 30, 2014 by JAY HORTON

God’s Pocket

Unfair farewell.


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You’ll probably recognize God’s Pocket as one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performances, but that sets up expectations of catharsis few films could satisfy. The scattered charms of th   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 JAY HORTON

Basic Beaches: The Other Woman Reviewed

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The Other Woman screened after WW press deadlines, making us late to the vengeance-themed beach party. Critic's Grade: CThe Other Woman makes friends in low places.The Bechdel Test holds that a film must present a scene featuring two women talking about something other than a man. The Other Woman would almost certainly flunk it. The majority of screen time is given over to a rambling conversation between our jilted protagonists (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, helpfully self-identified as “the lawyer, the wife and the boobs”) about how best to strike vengeance upon the investment-banker snake (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that done them wrong, but it's the sort of movie that doesn't allow any of its barely-sketched personae any other motivations to forward the plot. Sisterhood is understood as a pleasantly contrived distraction to be indulged while waiting out what's truly important. Men, for their part, exist almost entirely as an abstraction of happy endings. The Other Woman limns a horribly constrained world-view bound together by a willful solipsism sure to crumble whenever all-consuming passions depend upon another for success. Still, though strewn with little more than live-action cartoons reduced to their most awful traits, they're not altogether unrecognizable, and the lingering fall off the cliff of towering egotism inspires more than a few laughs. As the first feature written by Melissa Stack (whose unproduced screenplay I Want to F   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: 4*4*2


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4*4*21739 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 238-3693, 442soccerbar.com. 11 am-10 pm Monday, 11 am-11 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday, 7 am-midnight Saturday, 8 am-10 pm Sunday.An unfussy, chummily effici   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: The Lovecraft


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The Lovecraft421 SE Grand Ave., 971-270-7760, thelovecraftbar.com. 8 pm-2 am Sunday-Thursday, 4 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday.In any meaningful way, the D.H. Lawrence-named Lovecraft is no more a goth bar t   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant


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Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166, pixpatisserie.myshopify.com/. 2 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday, 2 pm-midnight Sunday-ThursdayWhen Portland’s macaron doyenne Cheryl Wakerhauser i   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: Reel M' Inn


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Reel M’ Inn2430 SE Division St., 231-3880. 10 am-2:30 am Monday-Saturday, 10 am-1 am Sunday.The graffiti-strewn interiors of Reel M’Inn don’t seem like where you’d find your lunch. But nonethe   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: Mummy's


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Mummy’s622 SW Columbia St., 224-7465, mummysrestaurant.com. 11 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 5-11 pm Saturday.More than 30 years since a pair of brothers left Alexandria to open Portland’s first and sti   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON
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