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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

A shallow pool of tears.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Every time a character in The Butler goes on a trip, somebody offers him a ham sandwich. Director Lee Daniels does much the same for the viewer—in every single scene. It isn’t hard to see    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sand Bar: Beach Slap


Bar Reviews
A beach-themed bar in Oregon, if wholly honest, would be cold, gray and so windy you couldn’t open your mouth without spitting out grit. Sand Bar at Fish Grotto (1035 SW Stark St., 226-4171, fis   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

City In the Sky

In Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Matt Damon heals the world.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the year 2154, we’re told, the rich don’t care about the poor. Nothing new so far. Neill Blomkamp, whose debut film was the alien-apartheid fantasy District 9, pretty much takes this for gr   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Blue Jasmine

Cate on a hot tin roof.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine isn’t so much a fish-out-of-water movie; it’s a horse-with-a-broken-leg-in-water movie. You know how this thing’s going to end. Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine is a r   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

901 Take Out


Food Reviews & Stories
901 Take Out—an unassuming shack just uphill from a pair of gas stations—is home to something rare: a vegan, gluten-free food item even better than its meaty, carb-laden original.  The    More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Harlem: Central Renaissance


Bar Reviews
Harlem (220 SW Ankeny St.) first opened as a hip-hop speakeasy that served deep-fried hot dogs out of its front window. The beats there shook the quieter acts next door at Valentine’s into fit   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Marionberry Whiskey (Eastside Distilling)


Drank
We eyed the bottle with distrust: marionberry whiskey. Obviously a gimmicky effort to out-local and out-quirk the next distillery on the row. And poorly directed—I generally prefer whiskey no    More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Fighting Schools of The East

Go east, young man, and kick some ass.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It never fails: When a hero wants to disappear, he goes west to the frontier. But when he loses his way, he goes east. East is where the swords are. And the Zen. And the magical gurus who do weird   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bones & Bits


Food Cart Reviews
You want some good marinara, you go get it from some guy’s Sicilian grandma in New Jersey. If that fails, you get it from the guy with a grandma in New Jersey. At Bones & Bits, two lifelong    More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Verdant Fields of Cully

Old Salt is a Renaissance restaurant.


Food Reviews & Stories
Old Salt contains multitudes. A stately 6,000-square-foot pleasure dome of food in the otherwise barren Cully neighborhood, the venture encompasses a butchery that works only from whole animal c   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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