St. Vincent: Movie Review

Bill Murray: the patron saint of transforming mediocrity into artistry.

Movie Reviews & Stories Freshman director Theodore Melfi is a very, very lucky man. Under most circumstances, his debut, St. Vincent, would be blasted for its contrived, overwrought plot. Does the world really need anoth ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

20,000 Days on Earth: Movie Review

True or false.

Movie Reviews & Stories Nick Cave is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great liars. He admits as much in 20,000 Days on Earth. The way he sees it, the truth is a sea serpent that exists below the surface of a song, and his ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Men, Women & Children: Movie Review

OMG teh internetz.

Movie Reviews & Stories Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is Crash for the age of texting, tumbling and tweeting. It’s also Reitman’s second consecutive film—after last year’s treacly Labor Day—to be less ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Idol Chatter

The filth and fury of Kill Your Idols.

Movie Reviews & Stories Ten years ago, director Scott Crary unleashed Kill Your Idols, a documentary that dove deep into New York’s sweaty underground to chart the evolution of the punk and no-wave movements.  ILLUS ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA
 
 

St. Vincent: Movie Review

Bill Murray: the patron saint of transforming mediocrity into artistry.

Movie Reviews & Stories Freshman director Theodore Melfi is a very, very lucky man. Under most circumstances, his debut, St. Vincent, would be blasted for its contrived, overwrought plot. Does the world really need anoth ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

20,000 Days on Earth: Movie Review

True or false.

Movie Reviews & Stories Nick Cave is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great liars. He admits as much in 20,000 Days on Earth. The way he sees it, the truth is a sea serpent that exists below the surface of a song, and his ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Men, Women & Children: Movie Review

OMG teh internetz.

Movie Reviews & Stories Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is Crash for the age of texting, tumbling and tweeting. It’s also Reitman’s second consecutive film—after last year’s treacly Labor Day—to be less ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Idol Chatter

The filth and fury of Kill Your Idols.

Movie Reviews & Stories Ten years ago, director Scott Crary unleashed Kill Your Idols, a documentary that dove deep into New York’s sweaty underground to chart the evolution of the punk and no-wave movements.  ILLUS ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Sharper Image

The Hollywood goes large-format.

Movie Reviews & Stories Screw Pioneer Courthouse Square. For movie nerds, the Hollywood Theatre is Portland’s living room. In recent years, it’s transformed itself from a run-down joint to the best-curated theater ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Pride: Movie Review

A fop and a miner walk into a leather bar.

Movie Reviews & Stories Politics make strange bedfellows. That was certainly true of gay activists and mineworkers, who formed an unlikely alliance during a British labor strike 30 years ago. Their story is dramatized ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Guest: Movie Review

From Downton to darkness

Movie Reviews & Stories The thriller The Guest is what might happen if John Carpenter made a Halloween movie in which Michael Myers takes off his mask and turns out to be a pretty cool guy. Still mourning the loss of t ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Kill the Messenger: Movie Review

Scoops and snoops.

Movie Reviews & Stories Ah, the mid-’90s! The halcyon days of print! When journalists were lightly bearded men who, when they weren’t exposing national secrets, took emotional motorcycle rides through the forest! S ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Steering Queer

An LGBTQ film festival rebrands itself.

Movie Reviews & Stories When the Portland Queer Film Festival launched 18 years ago, it didn’t have that name—it was the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and the word “queer” was a long way from bein ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by WW MOVIE STAFF

Gone Girl: Movie Review

David Fincher makes the darkest Lifetime movie ever.

Movie Reviews & Stories Gone Girl might be David Fincher’s battiest work—and that’s saying something for a director who previously opened a film with a shot that traveled from a man’s innards to the barrel of a ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Two Faces of January : Movie Review

Slick shtick.

Movie Reviews & Stories The throwback thriller The Two Faces of January begins with a man conning a married couple. It’s about the only time in Hossein Amini’s sleek, subdued adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s no ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Nightmare Maestro

Legendary horror composer Alan Howarth hits the Hollywood.

Movie Reviews & Stories Killers and monsters get all the attention in horror movies. But composer Alan Howarth elevates such films into artistic exercises in terror. When Michael Myers makes a pitchfork kebab of teenag ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Boxtrolls: Movie Review

Laika returns with more stop-motion wizardry—and a good deal less fun.

Movie Reviews & Stories Last summer, Portland animation house Laika turned heads with a trailer full of same-sex couples materializing and evaporating next to a rosy-cheeked toddler. “Sometimes, there’s a mother,�� ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Skeleton Twins

Two of a kind.

Movie Reviews & Stories Some twins can finish each other’s sentences, or guess what number the other is imagining with to-the-decimal-point accuracy. In The Skeleton Twins, Maggie and Milo’s sibling ESP manifests i ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

AP Film Studies: Almost Factual

Excavating classic-rock history in Almost Famous.

Movie Reviews & Stories Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is a love letter to rock music that blurs fact and fiction. Like most people in the film, Kate Hudson’s character, Penny Lane, is based on a real person: Port ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Equalizer

With a vengeance.

Movie Reviews & Stories Antoine Fuqua’s revenge thriller The Equalizer could easily have been downright awful. Instead, it’s merely mediocre, which is testament to the immutable charisma of Denzel Washington ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

All the lonely people.

Movie Reviews & Stories At first, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was Her and Him—twin films about a young couple’s dissolution as surveyed from separate perspectives, which will be released together next month. ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam screws with the origins of the universe.

Movie Reviews & Stories One of few modern auteurs who deserves to be called visionary, Terry Gilliam is at his best when creating sprawling, colorful worlds and then placing the people who populate those worlds into ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: To The Races

Do the Right Thing kicks off a new race talks series.

Movie Reviews & Stories If you didn’t know it came out in 1989, you might mistake Do the Right Thing for a present-day response to gentrification, racial tensions and police brutality. The film’s debates over a whi ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Wetlands

Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.

Movie Reviews & Stories Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Apes Of Wrath

The science and fiction of Every Which Way But Loose.

Movie Reviews & Stories Every Which Way But Loose is a bizarre film, even for 1978. It’s about a dude (Clint Eastwood) who cruises around California drinking beer, bar brawling, chasing tail, listening to country m ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Squeaky Wheel

Filmmaker Joe Biel on the rise and fall of Critical Mass in Portland.

Movie Reviews & Stories Like all great protests, the idea behind Critical Mass was simple. In September 1992, a group of San Franciscans gathered to ride bikes after work. And cyclists kept riding together, in cities aro ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Movie Review: The Drop

Dirty work.

Movie Reviews & Stories In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Movie Review: Starred Up

Behind bars.

Movie Reviews & Stories “Gritty prison drama” is usually a dog whistle for either a tumbledown redemption story or the human equivalent of disaster porn. But the main elements of gritty British prison drama Starred ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Love Is Strange

More beautiful than bizarre.

Movie Reviews & Stories At one point in Love Is Strange, the film’s central couple, Ben and George, reunite after days of separation. George (Alfred Molina) collapses into his partner’s arms and sobs silently, wh ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by BLAIR STENVICK

The Last of Robin Hood

Teenage dream.

Movie Reviews & Stories As a real-life Lolita story, The Last of Robin Hood should be oozing with intrigue. Instead, this film about the final two years of Errol Flynn—who played the titular swashbuckler in 1938—and ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Lucid Dreams

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams gets the musical treatment.

Movie Reviews & Stories Music nerds and film geeks are constantly jockeying for the title of most obsessive fan, scrutinizing every note of an album or every frame of a movie. But sometimes, the two factions arrive a ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Identical

False idols.

Movie Reviews & Stories What if Elvis Presley’s brother had lived? What if, wracked by desperate poverty, his parents only pretended to bury the stillborn twin and instead allowed a traveling preacher and his loving ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

In Living Memory

Portlander Vu Pham puts his bizarre family experiences on film.

Movie Reviews & Stories When Vu Pham was a senior at Grant High School, he got a call from the office: His father was there to see him. Pham had not seen this man in more than a decade. The last time the two had locked ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Vice Squad

Miami Vice gets a 30th birthday bash, complete with wine coolers.

Movie Reviews & Stories The year was 1984. Dr. Cliff Huxtable took up residency on the televisions of America. A Canadian astronaut finally made it to space. And, most importantly, two Miami cops rendered socks complet ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.

Movie Reviews & Stories The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.

Movie Reviews & Stories At first glance, Frank seems like twee hipster bait. It’s about a struggling songwriter. Tweets flash onscreen like in a millennial episode of Pop-Up Video. It treats Austin—and specifically S ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Portland Film Festival

What’s so Portland about this fledgling fest?

Movie Reviews & Stories You might expect the Portland Film Festival to be some kind of bonanza for locavore cinephiles. You’d be wrong. Festival director Josh Leake hopes his event, now in its second year, becomes ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The One I Love

Hit the reset button.

Movie Reviews & Stories The One I Love is the sort of film that prompts critics to fill their reviews with warnings of spoilers and hammy pronouncements that “to reveal more would spoil the fun.” That overstates ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Divine Conception

Drag legend Divine screws herself into villainy in Female Trouble.

Movie Reviews & Stories In modern comic-book films, villains are born of strange circumstances. Maybe a crook falls into a vat of acid and emerges a super-criminal. Maybe a mad scientist is blasted with gamma rays, o ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Portland Director Aaron Katz's Land Ho!

Land Ho! spots a new brand of comedy on Aaron Katz’s horizon.

Movie Reviews & Stories Aaron Katz has come a long way since his last film, 2010’s cutesy mystery Cold Weather. For Land Ho!, the Portland-born Katz and co-director Martha Stephens travel to Iceland, where two geezers ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Movie Review: Calvary

Truth will out.

Movie Reviews & Stories John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary is not a film that shies away from big questions: about life and death, faith and doubt, virtue and sin. It also doesn’t shy away from eccentric personaliti ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: What If

When Harry met Chantry.

Movie Reviews & Stories Love makes heavy demands of young Torontonians. First, Michael Cera had to battle his girlfriend’s evil exes in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Now in What If, Daniel Radcliffe faces a potentially ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by CURTIS WOLOSCHUK
 

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