Monkey Business: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B+At one point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a chimp rides through a fiery war zone on horseback, a machine in each hand. Eventually, he jumps on a tank, throttles the driver and takes control.  As awesome as that sounds—and it’s pretty fucking awesome—it also makes it sound patently absurd to declare Dawn of the Planet of the Apes perhaps the most emotionally resonant ...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 AP KRYZA

Brasslands

Balkan blowout.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Like the beer-soaked jamboree it depicts, Brasslands is a loud and colorful experience. Produced by the communal filmmaking society Meerkat Media Collective, the documentary follows hundreds of    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Coherence

Comet and get it.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Nothing that happens in Coherence should be allowed to happen. The film begins with a comet that may or may not be infused with reality-altering powers screaming across the sky during a dinner   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a brutal, thought-provoking ride.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the past 15 years, South Korea has experienced the most staggering cinematic renaissance since Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy ushered in independent American filmmaking. The current wave riffs on   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Life Itself

Ebert himself.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Film critic Pauline Kael commanded admiration. David Thomson compels a distanced respect. But Roger Ebert was loved. Life Itself, the new Ebert documentary from Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Prefontaine),   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

A Coffee in Berlin

Make it decaf.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Midway through A Coffee in Berlin, Niko (Tom Schilling) breaks off a bathroom tryst with a former classmate. They’re only doing it, he says, as “Vergangenheitsbewältigung.” The subtitles    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Rover

Dingos stole my car.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Australians go in big on the Apocalypse. It’s no wonder—most of their country already looks the part. David Michôd’s The Rover is an ode to the Outback as Death Valley 2069: sun-seared, dust-co   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Obvious Child

Rhymes with shmashmortion.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Obvious Child is a revolutionary film disguised as a rom-com. But that rom-com costume is a genuine one, both in its rom half and its com half, and that’s what makes Obvious Child such a winning   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Back to School: 22 Jump Street Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B+In addition to being one of the most surprisingly funny comedies in recent memory, 2012’s 21 Jump Street was one of the most self-aware movies to come along in some time, a film that openly mocked the fact that it was a retread of a long-forgotten, cornball ‘80s cop show. Unlike, say, the Starsky and Hutch reboot—which simply relied on ‘70s wigs and ham-fisted attempts to ...   More
 
Friday, June 13, 2014 AP KRYZA

Aftermath

Ghosts of the past.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath, playing as part of the NW Film Center’s 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, tracks the tension between two brothers in rural Poland. After their fath   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA

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