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Beware the Jabberwock: Alice in Wonderland Reviewed

Tim Burton's 3-D tea party opens today. The movie was screened after WW print deadlines, so here's our review.

Alice in Wonderland

WW Critic's Rating: 42

A couple months ago, I braved the lines at New York's Museum of...   More
Friday, March 5, 2010 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

The Messenger

It is my duty to inform you: Iraq war movies are still bad.

Movie Reviews & Stories
As if in rebuke to the conventional weepie, The Messenger commences with the application of medicinal eye drops. The dry eye belongs to decorated Iraq war veteran Will (Ben Foster), also afflicted wit ...   More
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock makes an offensive tackle.

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Surely the most odious phrase in movie marketing is “Based on a True Story.” These are the magic words with which Michael Oher, a rags-to-riches NFL draftee, becomes an excuse for Sandra B ...   More
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Good Hair

Chris Rock talks straightener.

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Chris Rock’s new documentary about African-American tonsure is haunted by the spirits of both Michael Moore and Michael Jackson. St. Michael of the Pseudo-Documentary inspires Rock’s genia ...   More
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

World’s Greatest Dad

Robin Williams enters without knocking.

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In my favorite episode of The X-Files, a psychic played by Peter Boyle remarks, “You know, there are worse ways to go, but I can’t think of a more undignified way than autoerotic asphyxiat ...   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Rodent's Revenge: G-Force Reviewed

You know the drill: Not screened by WW press deadlines, but too culturally significant to be ignored.


What would happen if Jerry Bruckheimer obtained Disney's permission to produce his own remake of Toy Story? I don't know who asked t...   More
Friday, July 24, 2009 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

The Brothers Bloom

Ode to the Wes wind.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Maybe not the greatest movie of the year, but a strong contender for cutest, Rian Johnson’s sophomore feature The Brothers Bloom is a fairy tale about sibling swindlers. It’s too clever by ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Business Time

Corporate greed keeps interrupting Julia Roberts’ sex life.

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Claire and Ray are star-crossed lovers, and they finally have the beachfront property of their dreams. But how will they enjoy it together when they’re miles apart as snoops at rival firms, work ...   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Eldorado

Those who enjoyed Colin Farrell's Belgium-set comedy In Bruges may be interested to learn that the country submitted its own "two guys getting into trouble" movie for Oscar consideration. It's called Eldorado and follows a car dealer and the junkie who tries to rob him on an absurd road trip. It plays at the Broadway Metroplex next Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday as part of the Portland Inte...   More
Saturday, January 31, 2009 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

With the 32nd annual Portland International Film Festival starting next month at the Northwest Film Center, there will be plenty of opportunities to show you trailers for films that may actually be good. And since last week I brought you Hindi kung-fu, it seems only appropriate to follow up this week with a related cinematic phenomenon: whitey ...   More
Saturday, January 24, 2009 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF
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