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Trailer of the Week: My Name is Bruce



Cult horror actor and adopted Oregonian Bruce Campbell currently enjoys a hearty supporting role on the USA Network's Miami-based spy drama Burn Notice . An institution unto himself, the square-jawed star of the Evil Dead movies occasionally tours the country with a personal project, gleefully ridiculing his sell-out crowds. Some may remember the endless line at Portland's Hollywood Theatr...   More
 
Saturday, November 1, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Gran Torino



Fresh from directing next week's Depression-era Oscar bait Changeling , Old Dirty Harry is once again threatening minorities, though by this point he's also growling at them, "Get off my lawn!" Contrary to rumor, Gran Torino is not actually the conclusion to the Dirty Harry series, though I bet these punks sure feel lucky that C...   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Beauty in Trouble



Here's another critically acclaimed comic-erotic-drama from Czechoslovakia for your consideration - so sue me. Jan Hrebejk and Petr Jarchovsky's Beauty in Trouble follows a Prague housewife played by Anna Geislerová, deprived of her house in the wake of 2002's flooding. Living with her mother and crudely vicious stepfather, she becomes torn between her imprisoned husband and a gente...   More
 
Saturday, October 18, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Valkyrie



From the director of Superman Returns, comes the return of Hollywood's own erstwhile Übermensch, Tom Cruise, in a thriller about a secret Nazi plot to assassinate Hitler. We hear Kenneth Branagh declaring, "We have to show the world that not all of us were like him," which in itself is easy, since neither Cruise nor his British costars make an effort to sound German. The effect recall...   More
 
Sunday, October 12, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



I was impressed enough with David Fincher's previous freaky period piece, the criminally underrated Zodiac , to be intrigued by this bizarre F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation:

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On the other hand, you may remember the last time Brad Pitt played a seductive stranger unstuck in time:
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Saturday, October 4, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: The International



In times of economic trouble, or any trouble at all, we all know who is really to blame. You know who I'm talking about. Them. Thank goodness that German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run ) has exposed this sinister conspiracy of international bankers. I hope they keep the part where some guy withdraws "MURDER" from an ATM. The movie's web address is "EverybodyPays.com,&quot...   More
 
Saturday, September 27, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Failure of the Week: An American Carol



It's still topical to make fun of Michael Moore, right? This cinematic "outing" of Hollywood's closet Republicans offers further confirmation that cracking wise is best left to the Marxists, or the Marx Brothers, or anybody else. Our sensitive viewers should know that this trailer contains trace amounts of Bill O'Reilly. If you feel your blood pressure rising, or are just desperate for an ...   More
 
Friday, September 19, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Ghost Town



Last month saw British comedian Steve Coogan's charming American debut in Hamlet 2 (reviewed in WW, August 20, 2008). This coming week, his countryman Ricky Gervais, creator and star of The Office—the original, British program—makes his own modest proposal to stateside moviegoers, starring in the romantic...   More
 
Sunday, September 14, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: I Served the King of England



Those who enjoyed the Czech political farces of Milos Forman screened last month by the Northwest Film Center should be excited for this, a delightful new period piece from Ji?í Menzel about an opportunistic waiter enduring the pratfalls and pitfalls of wartime capitulation.
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Saturday, September 6, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Vaux's Swift doc On the Wing



For the last decade-and-a-half, audiences at Chapman Elementary have borne witness to a sublime evening performance by urban fauna—the autumnal roosting in the school's chimney of Chaetura vauxi, better known as Vaux's swift. Now, local adman Dan Viens has captured the avian phenomenon and the people who love it, in a documentary titled On the Wing.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF
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