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Fuss and Feathers

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman can’t quite take flight.


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In Birdman, our protagonist is Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who once wore wings as the titular superhero. But in this film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Whiplash

Jazz as blood sport.


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Whiplash clefts music from dance, love and spirituality. What’s left is muscle, red and raw, beating faster and faster against a drum. That’s how Damien Chazelle’s beautiful but troubling    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Listen Up Philip

Schwartzman unbound.


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Oh, the bittersweet deliciousness of being an asshole. Listen Up Philip revels in it. Director Alex Ross Perry has said in interviews that his film is an amalgamated homage to Philip Roth, and t   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

AP Film Studies: Bleeding Kansas

The creepy, logical consequences of Return to Oz.


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Dorothy Gale is facing lobotomy. Oz is a wasteland dominated by a giant rock monster. An evil witch with a collection of interchangeable heads roams the land, while the folks walking a destroyed   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Oh, the Horror

A survival guide to Halloween at Portland movie houses.


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It’s the week before Halloween, and your chances of escaping the season without watching at least one horror flick are about as good as the chances of a buxom babysitter surviving a night at a   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Color Line

Dear White People is for everybody.


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When Justin Simien began work on Dear White People, early drafts of the screenplay included an over-the-top college party featuring white students in blackface. But at some point, he ruled it    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

John Wick

Keanu Reeves brings the ruckus.


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John Wick treads familiar ground: A retired hit man is roped back into the life. But this is the rare film that excels as much for what it puts on display as for what it holds back. It oozes s   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Blue Room

Sex and death.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Like the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks, the blue room is everywhere in The Blue Room. At least, it's everywhere that French director Mathieu Amalric (who starred in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

St. Vincent: Movie Review

Bill Murray: the patron saint of transforming mediocrity into artistry.


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Freshman director Theodore Melfi is a very, very lucky man. Under most circumstances, his debut, St. Vincent, would be blasted for its contrived, overwrought plot. Does the world really need anoth   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

20,000 Days on Earth: Movie Review

True or false.


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Nick Cave is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great liars. He admits as much in 20,000 Days on Earth. The way he sees it, the truth is a sea serpent that exists below the surface of a song, and his    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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