Gonna Make You Flinch: Kick-Ass 2 Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Given that star Jim Carrey withdrew his support for Kick-Ass 2 in June, saying it trivialized violence, it's no wonder the movie screened after press deadlines. Critic Curtis Woloschuk also finds little to defend.Critic's Grade: C-If this second Kick-Ass installment manages to distinguish itself at all, it's by establishing a new standard for the level of disinterest a film can show in its title ...   More
 
Thursday, August 15, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Drug War

A slow burn through Hong Kong’s underbelly.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Johnnie To spends a lot of time in the blood-soaked gutters of Hong Kong. He makes bleak, slow-burning gangster films punctuated with extreme violence and explosive action.  In each film, the   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AP KRYZA

City In the Sky

In Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Matt Damon heals the world.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the year 2154, we’re told, the rich don’t care about the poor. Nothing new so far. Neill Blomkamp, whose debut film was the alien-apartheid fantasy District 9, pretty much takes this for gr   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Blue Jasmine

Cate on a hot tin roof.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine isn’t so much a fish-out-of-water movie; it’s a horse-with-a-broken-leg-in-water movie. You know how this thing’s going to end. Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine is a r   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lovelace

More like Shallow Throat.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There are many ways a biopic about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace could have gone: lurid exploitation, polyester odyssey through a world of leisure suits and bell-bottoms, bleeding-heart redemp   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

2 Guns

With even fewer brains than guns.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Mark Wahlberg seems to be losing his criminal edge. As a reluctant smuggler in last year’s Contraband, he excelled at sneaking illegal goods into the Port of New Orleans right under the authorit   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Blackfish

No, seriously: Free Willy.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Living in a modestly sized city like Portland can have its drawbacks for culture vultures. Art exhibits, live theater, indie films—sometimes it’s months, even years, between reading about thes   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Berserker Barrage!: The Wolverine Reviewed

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Movies & Television
The Wolverine screened after WW press deadlines, which gave us a chance to revisit our favorite instances of Westerners traveling East to kick some ass and find some Zen. Foreign correspondent (cough, film critic, cough) AP Kryza followed the beast to Asia—and turns out the taloned mutant tears it up.Critic's Grade: BPoor Wolverine has been plagued for a long time by a very puzzling issue, and it's ...   More
 
Friday, July 26, 2013 AP KRYZA

I’m So Excited!

A campy flight of fancy braces for impact.


Movie Reviews & Stories
I recently flew aboard a plane with a singing flight attendant. Her voice trembled as she thanked us for flying with Southwest and wished us a wonderful day. Half the passengers looked charmed.    More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The To Do List

More like The To Don’t List. Zing!


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s safe to say that an attractive teenage girl looking to expand her sexual repertoire hasn’t necessarily taken on the Labors of Hercules. So it would seem necessary for writer-director Magg   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

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