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Brew Views: Moneyball

Hey batter!

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Before his touted weight loss made everyone notice how outsized his ears are, Jonah Hill showed a knack for active listening in Moneyball. The business-of-baseball movie recognizes that the romance    More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Bowl full of jelly.

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There are some cinematic memories that warm our hearts every Christmas, bringing cheer with each viewing. Little Virginia finding out that indeed, there is a Santa Claus. George Bailey realizing    More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Elf

You don’t smell like Santa.

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Will Ferrell’s charm (always a precarious thing) depends wholly on his innocence. If you ever get the feeling he knows better, Ferrell’s pushiness becomes insufferable, since every vehicle h   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Die Hard

You better not pout.

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Hans Gruber is Santa Claus. This should be obvious even to those disadvantaged souls who didn’t grow up with Die Hard on TV as the family yule log. Consider: Both have murky European origins, bo   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 AARON MESH

Brewviews: The Help

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 There are two movies inside The Help, and you may as well know about both before your folks drag you to see them this Thanksgiving. One is a slightly self-congratulating tear-jerker about a whit   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Contagion

All germs considered.

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Contagion was hailed as Stephen Soderbergh’s return to Traffic form, which is all well and good until you remember that Traffic is the worst film Soderbergh has made. Contagion is better, mostly bec   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Monty Python’s Life of Brian and 8: The Mormon Proposition

Always look on the bright side of life.

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There’s a secularist party going on this weekend at Portland Humanist Film Festival, which includes a costume-contest screening
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Rear Window

Everything is half off.

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Since Hollywood is forever bent on remaking its thrillers with more gore and less brains—the hee-haw replica of Straw Dogs is merely the latest example—we might as well get in on the ground floor.   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: The Shining

Things could be better, Lloyd.

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Twin girls hacked to pieces. Torrents of blood spilling from an elevator. Shelley Duvall. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is full of creepy imagery. But it’s the film’s family dynamic that’s the   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Zombie

My Dinner With Lucio

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Horror is driven by imitation, and there was no better rip-off artist than Lucio Fulci. The Italian schlock-shock maestro built a career nibbling from other, better movies. But perennial favorite Zo   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 AP KRYZA
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