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

We Are the Best!

Friends like these.


Movie Reviews & Stories
With a title so cocksure, We Are the Best! couldn’t be about anything other than early adolescence, those years of impetuous declarations and unshakable convictions. Swedish director Lukas Moo   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fake Out: Words and Pictures Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic’s Grade: C Buzzed about as a different kind of summer movie, Words and Pictures holds the right ingredients but lacks real flavor. It tries to revive the timeless debate of the pen versus the paintbrush, with an English teacher and art instructor at a Maine prep school going to war, but the unimaginative screenplay undermines the clever concept, and the plot is buried by its protagonists’ ...   More
 
Friday, June 6, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Love Hurts: The Fault in Our Stars Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B+ “I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster at the beginning of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. For author John Green—who wrote the book of the same title—he approaches sad stories with wisdom, wit and a heartbreaking blow that, foreseen or not, leaves an emotional impact. This film has his stamp ...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Worth a Dam

In Night Moves, her fourth film set in Oregon, director Kelly Reichardt travels south for some ecoterrorism.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Kelly Reichardt isn’t from Oregon. The filmmaker was born in Florida and now lives in upstate New York, where she teaches at Bard College. But despite her geographical remove, Reichardt has beco   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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