Brew Views: Back to School

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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

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

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