The Victors’ History

The Act of Killing is a vitally important film. It may also make you hurl.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The most horrifying movie scene you will watch this year begins with a giant waterfall cascading into a lush green gorge. A Muzak cover of “Born Free” plays as smiling young women in matching    More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Keep What You Kill: Riddick Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Most movies that screen after press deadlines should never have made it to screens in the first place. Riddick is a rare exception.Critic's Grade: B+“Maybe I went and did the worst thing of all: I got civilized.” So muses Richard B. Riddick early on in the new film bearing his name. He’s ostensibly explaining how he’s come to find himself stranded on a desolate planet with a figurative knife ...   More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

A Total Phony: Salinger Reviewed

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Movies & Television
You may have read how we attempted to stalk Michael McDermott, the man who lurked outside a Vermont post office to photograph J.D. Salinger. The documentary about the reclusive author, Salinger, isn't out till Friday, Sept. 13, and it's just as rewarding as the photo McDermott eventually snapped—which is to say, not very.Critic's Grade: C-It probably goes without saying that J.D. Salinger, who spent ...   More
 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

Adore

Unleash the cougars!


Movie Reviews & Stories
As far as cougars go, Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are pretty choice. Both radiant blondes, they’re as tanned and toned as West Hills moms who spend their days taking spin classes at the Multnom   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bieber's Ex Carjacks a Mustang: Getaway Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Perhaps by screening after deadline, Getaway tried to escape (c'mon, it's been a long day) from critics. Not so lucky.Critic's Grade: DWelcome to Bulgaria, where Nascar drivers gone bad hire out their services to criminals, anonymous super-criminals rob investment banks, nobody speaks Bulgarian, Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend carjacks Mustangs and a police car dramatically flips over every three ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Brew Views: Back to School

Do your homework.


Brew Views
It’s hard to imagine—especially after two consecutive summers headlining the biggest film in the world—that until his first turn as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr.’s biggest hit was Rodney   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AP KRYZA

Closed Circuit

A generic paranoid thriller, now relevant by happenstance.


Movie Reviews & Stories
British thriller Closed Circuit opens with a frightening image that’s become all too familiar: A grid of security camera footage fills the screen, allowing us glimpses of people going about th   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AP KRYZA

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Crime and punishment in a Texas town.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints wants to be murky and oblique. I wanted to rewind it. Not for its dusky visuals or folksy dialogue—I wanted to re-see scenes so shrouded in darkness that I could bar   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Meditating on Adulthood with Evil Robots: The World's End Reviewed

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Movies & Television
It was a long wait for The World's End (and we're still trying to figure out how the rest of Portland's critics saw it before us—sneaky buggers!). Post-apocalypse, it seems it was worth the delay.Critic's Grade: B+Hyperkinetic director Edgar Wright's collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost—Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz—share the same DNA, and not just in the surface-value genre-mashing ...   More
 
Friday, August 23, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Spectacular Now

You’re just jealous ’cause they’re young and in love.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The Spectacular Now opens with a male voice-over lamenting a recent breakup. That’s the same way (500) Days of Summer—the previous film from screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 KRISTI MITSUDA

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