Stallone, Schwarzenegger and The Twilight Of The Action Figure: Escape Plan Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Escape Plan screened after WW press deadlines, but critic Jay Horton was there for the Stallone and the Schwarzenegger.Critic's Grade: C+A quarter century ago, when dinosaurs strode the earth, American cinema was dominated by an unlamented breed of leaden, clunky, ginormous vehicles constructed to flatter the specific charms and mask the woeful limitations of leaden, clunky, ginormous stars. ...   More
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 JAY HORTON

Stale Pig's Blood: Carrie reviewed

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Movies & Television
The third cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie screened after WW press deadlines. AP Kryza thinks it could have used even more time in the cooker.Grade: C-Kimberly Peirce's new take on Stephen King's seminal high-school tale Carrie is gorgeously shot, capably acted and appropriately gruesome—all essential elements in an effective retelling of a story so ingrained in the American ...   More
 
Thursday, October 17, 2013 AP KRYZA

Mars Project

This magic moment.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Khari “Conspiracy” Stewart wouldn’t be the first rapper said to have magic flow. The issue is that Stewart believes his flow really is magic, the psychic and extraplanetary kind, originati   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks is America’s troubled conscience.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s easy to forget this while hanging at an average Portland cafe, but America is scary as hell. Especially if you’re a Somali pirate. You probably already know the story behind the new T   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Punk Singer

Rebel girl.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Kathleen Hanna’s life story is filled with enough incident and drama to fill a week’s worth of feature-length documentaries. She survived a strange and sometimes abusive upbringing, turned   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

C.O.G.

Me travel to Oregon one day.


Movie Reviews & Stories
David Sedaris’ writing spawned a play—The Santaland Diaries—back in 1996, but the smartass satirist has long resisted cinematic adaptations of his work. Until now, that is. Kyle Patrick Alva   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Lost In Space

Gravity is the most stressful film of the year.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity begins with a staggeringly brilliant and mesmerizingly staged 17-minute single take, which manages to encapsulate every single feeling the rest of the film will instill   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 AP KRYZA

Don Jon

A lout learns to love.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s debut as a triple threat—writer, director and star, a la Clint Eastwood—is appropriately festooned with the time-honored totems of macho masculinity. We’ve got carto   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Byzantium

Interview With the Vampire on estrogen.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Clara is all sex and fangs. The 200-year-old strumpet and grifter has just beheaded a man and is on the run again, and she nearly pops out of her cheap corset and snakeskin pants trying to distanc   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 KELLY CLARKE

Prisoners

Suffer the little children.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Like Clint Eastwood’s sadistically bleak Mystic River, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners presents its protagonists with an unimaginable horror: the abduction of their young daughters. As Pennsylvan   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AP KRYZA

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