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AP Film Studies: Free Spirit of ’77

Author larry colton on the bizarre Blazers documentary Fast Break.


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Most sports documentaries focus on athletes in action. Very few feature cartoon butterflies. Even fewer have sitar music. And only one boasts an NBA All-Star on a berry-picking bike odyssey   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 AP KRYZA

Annie

’Stead of treated, we get tricked.


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Rebooting a franchise can shed new light on a story. Take Annie: In director Will Gluck’s version, the plucky, white orphan is now a plucky, African-American foster kid, played by 10-year-old    More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Foxcatcher

World’s worst boss.


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If Michael Scott had been born disgustingly rich, with a crooked beak for a nose, he would’ve been John du Pont. A lot has been made of Steve Carell’s dark turn as the heir to one of the gra   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Mother of the Year

The Babadook transcends horror tropes with genuine emotion.


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Dressed in a flowing trench coat and tattered black hat, the apparition in the superb Aussie creeper The Babadook immediately lodges itself in your nightmares. First glimpsed in a Edward Gorey-e   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

Top Five: Movie Review

Chris Rock makes a true Chris Rock joint.


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Chris Rock took way too long to play himself in a movie. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say he took far too long to make a movie that sounds like he does. That’s the immediate thing to    More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

AP Film Studies: Reel Christmas Cheer

The holliest, jolliest movies at beer theaters.


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In December, resisting Christmas movies is impossible. But this is Portland, dammit, which means you’ve got more options than watching Charlie Brown deal with his manic depression from the sol   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 AP KRYZA

Wild: Movie Review

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild blazes a powerful trail.


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On the Pacific Crest Trail, hikers speak of the “green tunnel” that greets you in Oregon. This tunnel—lush layers of moss and ferns and Douglas fir—rarely breaks for views and drenches those who enter. As Reese    More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: True Love

Cary Elwes on The Princess Bride and drinking with André.


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Presumably due to a bout with being “nearly dead” or interference by the Dread Pirate Roberts, actor Cary Elwes has postponed his Portland visit this week to Dec. 17—making us all, like so   More
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Great Invisible: Movie Review

Built to spill.


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In contrast to its name, The Great Invisible opens with something very much visible: ribbons of copper-colored oil floating in the otherwise shockingly blue Gulf of Mexico, like an exquisite mod   More
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 KAT MERCK

The Homesman: Movie Review

Wigging out in the Wild West.


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Mary Bee Cuddy is an eligible bachelorette, and not just for the 1850s. She owns land in the Nebraska Territory, has a fine singing voice and can fry up a delicious chicken dinner. But, as cru   More
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE
 

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