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Movie Review: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry pays tribute to second-wave feminists.


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Think back to Beyoncé’s performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards—her rock-solid command of the stage, her spangly leotard, those heart-melting cuts to Blue Ivy on Jay Z’s lap. Recal   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Woo Woo

How John Woo nearly ruined action films.


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With 1989’s The Killer and 1992’s Hard Boiled, John Woo made two of cinema’s best-ever action films. In both movies (screening as a double feature at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Hol   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 AP KRYZA

Don’t Shoot

A new documentary examines the history of police brutality in Portland.


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Long before the Trail Blazers warmed up in “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, another group of Portlanders wore a very different message across their chests. Thirty years ago, after a man died    More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

American Sniper: Movie Review

Shoot first, ask questions never.


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Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) lies with his gun on a rooftop in Iraq. In his sights is a boy holding a grenade, approaching American troops. It’s up to him: kill a child or see his friends slaug   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Zero Motivation: Movie Review

Army brats.


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Israeli comedy Zero Motivation has been breathlessly hailed in reviews and promotional materials as everything from M*A*S*H* meets Orange Is the New Black to an episode of Broad City as directed b   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAT MERCK

AP Film Studies: Homer’s Odyssey

A Homer Groening retrospective reveals an overlooked genius.


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It’d be fair to assume that when Matt Groening named Homer Simpson after his father, he also gave the cartoon buffoon his dad’s personality. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Beca   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 AP KRYZA

Selma: Movie Review

With Selma, Ava DuVernay brings the civil rights movement to vivid life.


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Movies about humanity’s failures tend to flatter their audiences. Look at yesterday’s folly, they say, and be proud of our relatively democratic present. Too rare are movies that shine a r   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Inherent Vice: Movie Review

Inherent Vice is decadent, depraved and wonderful.


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In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson scribed a stirring eulogy for the Summer of Love. “We were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave,” he wrote. “Five years lat   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AP KRYZA

Winter Sleep: Movie Review

Iced over.


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If you’re itching to spend three hours with a misanthropic mansplainer, Winter Sleep is just the ticket. A 196-minute meditation on marriage, class politics and narcissism, Turkish director Nu   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Anime 101

OMSI unleashes three landmarks of Japanese animation.


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When most of us think of anime, we imagine gigantic-eyed otaku heroines with mystical powers and tiny skirts. We think of gigantic robots, ultra-cute kitties, Poké Balls, shrill squeals and s   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AP KRYZA
 

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