Cruising Along

Rogue Nation plays it safe. And that’s what saves this ship.

Movie Reviews & Stories You’ve got lots of choices when it comes to actiony spy movies these days. You’ve got your Jameses Bond, your Jasons Bourne, your Kingsmen, and and and. So why come back to Mission: Impossible, th ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

The Kids Aren’t Alright

Harry Potter is fine at 35. These kids aren’t.

Movie Reviews & Stories J.K. Rowling’s cash cow, Harry Potter, turns 35 this week, sparking a series of celebrations around the world in which fans use the fictional birthday of a fictional wizard as a very real excuse to ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA
 
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Cruising Along

Rogue Nation plays it safe. And that’s what saves this ship.

Movie Reviews & Stories You’ve got lots of choices when it comes to actiony spy movies these days. You’ve got your Jameses Bond, your Jasons Bourne, your Kingsmen, and and and. So why come back to Mission: Impossible, th ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

The Kids Aren’t Alright

Harry Potter is fine at 35. These kids aren’t.

Movie Reviews & Stories J.K. Rowling’s cash cow, Harry Potter, turns 35 this week, sparking a series of celebrations around the world in which fans use the fictional birthday of a fictional wizard as a very real excuse to ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Do I Sound Gay?

A documentarian tries to straighten his speech.

Movie Reviews & Stories There is only one thing I look for in a successful documentary: Does it make me feel guilty about an issue I didn’t previously feel guilty about? Blackfish did, obviously, and Hoop Dreams, and all t ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Boogie Knights

Our picks for best drinking buddies in the Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective.

Movie Reviews & Stories Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films, from his 1997 porn elegy Boogie Nights to last year’s psychedelic adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, rank among the most important major releases of ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The TriMet Trilogy

Portland filmmaker El Gato Negro wants hipsters to have a heart.

Movie Reviews & Stories Howard Mitchell is old school. The Portland filmmaker behind the TriMet Trilogy showing at Mission Theater this Sunday cites such deadly earnest (and just plain dead) heavyweights as John Cassavetes, ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

Outside Amy’s Wheelhouse

Save yourself the ticket price of Apatow’s long ride.

Movie Reviews & Stories I hate writing about comedians, because I love them too much. Amy Schumer is the absolute tops. She’s right about way more things than she’s wrong about, and she’s absolutely killing it on your ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Dark and Stormy

NW Noir gets dark and divey.

Movie Reviews & Stories It’s no surprise that Portland loves film noir. This is a city where throwback clothing is always in style. Rain and gloom drench our streets and seedy alleys. Shady developers—such a staple villa ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Mr. Holmes: Movie Review

In this case, even McKellen isn’t worth the buzz.

Movie Reviews & Stories There’s a reason we don’t often follow our heroes into the sunset: It’s not that we don’t care what happens to them. It’s just that retirement is pretty boring and aging is depressing. ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Tangerine: Movie Review

Hollywood filmed by iPhone has a lot of heart.

Movie Reviews & Stories At first glance, Tangerine resembles a debut film. Shot on an iPhone and featuring two first-timers in the leading roles, Sean Baker’s fifth feature is full of creative decisions that would appear t ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Hollywood Dreams

The rise and fall and rise of Portland’s true movie palace.

Movie Reviews & Stories Looking at the Hollywood Theatre today, it would be reasonable to think that little has changed since its glory days, which spanned from the vaudevillian shows of 1926 to the Cinerama screenings start ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Life/less: SELF/LESS, Reviewed

Ben Kingsley/Ryan Reynolds goes limp.

Movie Reviews & Stories When a movie starts with a dumb idea and it’s badly executed, you can’t be that disappointed. It’s not a big waste. But when a great concept gets bungled, it feels like a loss. Like Cookie Crisp ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Amy: Movie Review

Don’t even try to keep your eyes dry.

Movie Reviews & Stories “I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it.” Even if you followed Amy Winehouse’s career, it’s hard to keep from crossing your finger ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

The Wizard of Aaahs

OMSI psychoanalyzes Dorothy’s dreams.

Movie Reviews & Stories During the past 76 years, people have spent a lot of time trying to get inside Dorothy’s pigtailed head in The Wizard of Oz. Scholars have pored over every frame of the 1939 film. Following the horr ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Robot Reboot: Terminator Genisys, Reviewed

Arnold is the only magnet in this indeterminable replay.

Movie Reviews & Stories I know you’re really worried about this, so I’m just going to say it up top: Yes, Arnold Schwarzwhatever says “I’ll be back” in this movie. Isn’t that a relief?  We were all sitting ... More

Jun 30, 2015 07:25 pm by ALEX FALCONE

High Cinema

Pot’s legal! Grass explores a time when it wasn’t.

Movie Reviews & Stories It’s time! After years and years of abstaining, we finally get to see what happens when you mix the joy of going to the movies with what medical patients, assumed chronic masturbators and criminals ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Third Man: Movie Review

The shadows are alive in a restored noir classic.

Movie Reviews & Stories The past 66 years have been kind to Carol Reed’s The Third Man. It’s lauded as one of the finest examples of film noir and one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Overnight: Swingin’ For The Fences

The Overnight is 98 percent awkward, 2 percent sexy.

Movie Reviews & Stories Let me try a phrase on you: “The best sex comedy at Sundance.” That’s what Rolling Stone said of The Overnight, and that single plaudit gives you a lot of reasons not to see this movie. Here are ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Tears for Joy

Tigard’s Joy Cinema cries for help.

Movie Reviews & Stories It happens every Wednesday. Movie geeks, fueled by beer and pizza, flock by the dozens for a barrage of weirdness: grindhouse films so obscure even Tarantino might scratch his head. Schlocky horror. U ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Father’s Day Of Reckoning

What the movies have taught me about fatherhood.

Movie Reviews & Stories Three months ago, my movie-viewing outlook changed dramatically. That happens when you become a first-time dad. Suddenly, with the birth of James Bodhi Thornhill Humungous Kryza, I find myself m ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Infinitesimal Sadness

Pixar’s Inside Out will make you laugh and cry. But mostly cry.

Movie Reviews & Stories I cried at a Corona commercial a couple weeks back, so I’m not a good barometer for this kind of thing, but I wept during Inside Out, the new feature from the nearly flawless Pixar Animation Stu ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Clever Girl

A 10-year-old’s advice for surviving Jurassic World.

Movie Reviews & Stories Yet again Hollywood decided it didn’t need my opinion of a major motion picture, so they screened it after my press deadline. But the man can’t hold me down! Instead of reviewing Jurassic Wo ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

The Nightmare: Movie Review

Sleep paralysis looks haunting in this new documentary.

Movie Reviews & Stories Conveying the surreal power of dreams is nearly impossible, whether onscreen or in conversation. They have their own logic, of course, plus inexplicable time and hazy details that are difficul ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Grant’s Land

His Girl Friday’s fast talk hides a deranged mind.

Movie Reviews & Stories Hannibal Lecter managed to seduce the FBI’s top minds with his devious charm. Alex DeLarge controlled an army of droogs. Ferris Bueller duped the entire city of Chicago to do his bidding so he ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Bro Say Can You See

Four douchebags make a movie about four douchebags making a movie.

Movie Reviews & Stories You know who had a good Monday night? The bros who sat behind me at the Entourage screening. Oh boy, they had the time of their bro-y lives! Likes pigs in shit, those bros. ALEX FALCONEIllustrat ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Love & Mercy

God only knows what happened to Brian Wilson.

Movie Reviews & Stories Brian Wilson’s mental breakdown in the mid-1960s is as essential to the Beach Boys mythos as the band’s Pendleton shirts and woodies. Two TV movies and a Barenaked Ladies song told the sto ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Milk

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: Van Sant used Portlanders David, John, Paul and Peter Parson, of the Parson Berry Farm on Sauvie Island, as extras and stuntmen-in-training. In 2008, then-mayor-elect Sam A ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by WW MOVIE STAFF

AP Film Studies: Made In Oregon

Celebrating Oregon movies that aren’t The Goonies.

Movie Reviews & Stories Whenever conversation turns to Oregon film, it invariably goes in two directions: either to Gus Van Sant or The Goonies. Just flip through this very newspaper. Hell, this weekend, Astoria has a go ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Epic Fault

The geophysics of San Andreas’ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in an earthquake.

Movie Reviews & Stories San Andreas didn’t screen by our press deadline, despite my repeated letters to the president of Hollywood insisting that an alternative Portland newsweekly is the true center of the cinematic ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

A Swedish, centenarian Forrest Gump.

Movie Reviews & Stories Cinema is a peerless cultural ambassador. It cracks entire worlds open and connects us intimately with places we’ll never visit and people we’ll never know. Sometimes, as with The 100-Year-O ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

AP Film Studies: Open-Air Cinema

Your guide to Portland’s outdoor movie season.

Movie Reviews & Stories Summer offers a real conundrum for nerds. Sure, you want to get outside and enjoy all that fresh air your friends keep talking about, but then how will you watch The Goonies for the 3,000th time ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Iris

Grey Gardens’ documentarian profiles a 93-year-old fashion eccentric.

Movie Reviews & Stories In Grey Gardens, Onassis relative Little Edie obsessively wraps and rewraps her head scarf to make it perfect, in a bedroom with holes in the walls and cat litter strewn around her feet. In Ir ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Slow West

The Old West, with a Scotsman’s twist.

Movie Reviews & Stories Slow West feels like propaganda made to discourage anyone from time-traveling back to the Old West. At one point, a man gets shot in the chest. As he falls, a stray bullet hits a salt jar on a ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Elephant

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: The 2003 film’s notoriously long shots wind through Portland’s former Whitaker Middle School at Northeast 39th Avenue and Killingsworth Street, a soul-sucking labyrinth ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by WW MOVIE STAFF

AP Film Studies: Déjà View

Hitchcock and the art of the remake.

Movie Reviews & Stories Our Facebook and Twitter feeds tell us a lot about the world. If we vaccinate our children, they will grow tentacles. Obama once ate a kitten. And Hollywood is perhaps the most prolific sexual p ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Mad Max: Fury Road, Movie Review

Fury Road is a nonsensical explodey fuckpile. We love it.

Movie Reviews & Stories I left the theater feeling like I should take a shower. That’s how immersively Mad Max: Fury Road renders its batshit, dirt-punk world; I was sure I felt pieces of grit between my fingers as I ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

AP Film Studies: Split Personalities

Movie Reviews & Stories Editor’s note: Substitute teacher Alex Falcone will graciously educate us while Professor AP Kryza takes maternity leave.  Unsurprisingly, adaptations of the 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr. ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE , AP KRYZA

QDoc Film Festival

What documentaries to watch at the ninth annual LGBTQ fest.

Movie Reviews & Stories The first openly gay player in the NBA, Jason Collins, retired last year amid a deluge of media coverage following his announcement about his sexuality in Sports Illustrated. Collins’ less-pub ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Gerry

The Gus Vant Sant retrospective continues

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: It’s a fiercely artistic love letter from Portland’s most iconic filmmaker to Oregon’s most iconic author. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest writer Ken Kesey died in Plea ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

The D Train

Jack Black and James Marsden hook up for their high-school reunion.

Movie Reviews & Stories High-school reunions are a golden opportunity to meet old friends, wax nostalgic and show the popular kids that you’re totally not a loser anymore. This is by no means a new trope. The D Train s ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Heaven Adores You

Elliott Smith’s story told by his Portland compatriots.

Movie Reviews & Stories The title is wrong. It sounds like a soft-focus TV movie about an angel who dreams of being a runway model. But Heaven Adores You is the most complete, least icky attempt to date at telling the stor ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

AP Film Studies: Meanwhile, in Portland

Kung fu legends, tv cult classics and even more Arnold.

Movie Reviews & Stories Editor’s note: AP Kryza has once again disappeared, leaving behind only a cryptic Google search history. We’re still trying to ascertain his whereabouts from phrases such as “Swayze etymol ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

My Own Private Idaho

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: What’s not Portlandy about a collective fever dream of eating Chinese noodles at Lamthong on Broadway (RIP) with a narcoleptic prostitute and Pre-Raphaelite Keanu Reeves? ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Stop-Motion On A Roll

Northwest Animation Fest celebrates its fifth year with more than 250 films at the Hollywood Theatre.

Movie Reviews & Stories The Northwest Animation Festival is bringing an anthropomorphic mammoth longing for cryogenic sleep, Medusa as a stay-at-home mom, and a competitive Iranian lifeguard to the Hollywood Theatre. ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Adult Beginners

Kroll’s failed entrepreneur needs a kickstart.

Movie Reviews & Stories Nick Kroll has the kind of face that used to be called punchable: calcified smirk, dazed glare, sallow cheeks—his upcoming roles, Douche and Professor Poopypants, define the type. Given his ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

AP Film Studies: When Animals Attack

Katy Perry’s got nothing on the ferocity of Roar.

Movie Reviews & Stories It was a beautiful dream: Exorcist executive producer Noel Marshall and his wife, Tippi Hedren (The Birds), wanted to create the ultimate family adventure film, set at their home on the Shambala ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Drugstore Cowboy

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: Beyond the obvious—Bob Hughes (Matt Dillon) robs Good Samaritan Hospital on Northwest 23rd Avenue, lives in a brick house on Northeast Webster Street, and loiters outside iconic  Seaton Pharmacy (now closed) at Southeast 60th Avenue and Belmont Street— ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Big Plympton

Bill Plympton’s new animated feature is a far cry from Home.

Movie Reviews & Stories Bill Plympton has a bone to pick with the Happiest Place on Earth. You’d expect nothing less from the man finalizing Hitler’s Folly, a mockumentary about Hitler’s secret life as the premier an ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by CURTIS COOK

Gus Van Sant, Patron Sant of Portland

NW Film Center pays homage to the Rose City icon.

Movie Reviews & Stories Between his “Portland trilogy” and mainstream fame from films like Milk, Gus Van Sant helped put this city on the map. With the director debuting a new film at Cannes this year, the Northwes ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Cthulhu & You

CthulhuCon spreads the Lovecraft.

Movie Reviews & Stories You like H.P. Lovecraft. Odds are, you just don’t know it.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekHe is the father of cosmic horror is and one of the most influential artists in science fiction. H ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Hotseat: Greil Marcus

How Rock ’n’ Roll was born.

Movie Reviews & Stories Rock critic Greil Marcus is famous for placing rock ’n’ roll amid the pantheon of myth and greatness with Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces. He did the same for Sleater-Kinney, naming it the g ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

AP Film Studies: It’s Not a Trumer!

Your guide to Schwarzeneggerian beer pairings.

Movie Reviews & Stories We’ve reached a magnificent time when film houses with beer outnumber those without. Naturally, the art of curating perfect beer and movie pairings follows.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison Kerek ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Ex Machina: Movie Review

Artificial intelligence includes sex ed in Alex Garland’s latest movie.

Movie Reviews & Stories Frankenstein’s monster is easy on the eyes in Ex Machina, a sexualized science-fiction movie that comes right out and addresses what many of its forebears merely danced around: that robots wil ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

The Day After Earth Day

As the Portland EcoFilm Fest opens, WW looks back at the least environmentally conscious films ever green-lit.

Movie Reviews & Stories Filmmaking doesn’t have a particularly proud record of harmony with nature. Disney’s White Wilderness shoved lemmings off
... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

While We’re Young

Stiller and Baumbach get better with age.

Movie Reviews & Stories Ben Stiller spent years and millions on his Walter Mitty remake, a statement movie no one wanted to see. Director Noah Baumbach could’ve saved him the trouble—a dozen times over. While We’re Y ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by BRIAN MILLER

These Films Shouldn’t Exist

Clinton Street Theater showcases faux films and mockumentaries.

Movie Reviews & Stories We’ve all seen bad movies. Movies that make you cringe at tone-deaf jokes. Movies that make you shake your head at nonsensical plots. Movies that inspire you to spoof them. Riffing on films is ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

“This is a true story.”

Movie Reviews & Stories Countless films are influenced by the Coen Brothers, but few announce it outright like this one from another pair of filmmaking brothers, David and Nathan Zellner, whose Kumiko, the Treasure Hun ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Woman in Gold

Helen Mirren goes after pilfering Nazis.

Movie Reviews & Stories The story behind Woman in Gold is a conversation starter in the art world. The question: Who owns art? The film’s response? Justice. Or, more accurately, judges. Holocaust escapee Maria Al ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KELLY MCCRILLIS

AP Film Studies: Time Warped Again

Rocky Horror struts its landmark 37th year at Clinton Street Theater.

Movie Reviews & Stories On Saturdays, the Clinton Street Theater mutates into an entirely different world. Rice and toast rain from the skies. Sweet transvestites strut their stuff as coy “virgins” contort themselv ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA
 

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