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PIFF 2014: Shovel-Ready

The Portland International Film Festival digs itself out from beneath the snowbank.


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It’s normal to feel behind at this point in the Portland International Film Festival. During a normal year, it’s impossible to keep up with all the mummified dictators and decapitated royals a   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 WW Staff

AP Film Studies: Crazy in Love

The romantic lunacy of Wild at Heart.


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Love makes people crazy. Just ask Beyoncé. Yet few films capture the complete insanity that occurs the instant that attraction becomes infatuation and then utter, unrelenting, batshit adoration   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AP KRYZA

Gloria

Love (and sex) in the time of middle age.


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Two phrases that should probably be retired from the English language—“slice of life” and “woman of a certain age”—have both been applied to Gloria, the new film from Chilean director    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

RoboCop

Robo Reboot


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First, the bad news: In this RoboCop, no bad guys get turned into walking piles of toxic waste and splattered across the hood of a car. It’s PG-13, after all. The good news is almost everythin   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

AP Film Studies: Hair of the Dogstar

How Keanu Reeves’ hair predicts the future of his onscreen libido.


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Keanu Reeves has spent three decades starring in some of the era’s most iconic movies without being remotely good at acting. The dude seems to have a sixth sense for choosing roles that change   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Monuments Men

Preserve and protect.


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The story of The Monuments Men is inspiring. During World War II, a squadron of older art scholars was dispatched to Europe in an effort to protect art and other precious cultural artifacts from   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

PIFF Into Darkness

The Portland International Film Festival embraces its sinister side.


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It’s a dismal time of year. February is a dark, soggy slog—especially at the multiplex. It’s a perfect time, though, for snuggling into a seat in a cozy arthouse theater to watch something d   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Staff

The Past

A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you.


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At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two m   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

12 O’Clock Boys

Rev it up.


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Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan apparently began creating 12 O’Clock Boys with one question in mind: Who are these gangs of kids barreling around Baltimore on dirt bikes? His film answers tha   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 RUTH BROWN

AP Film Studies: Back To Black

The Portland Black Film Festival loosens up.


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The Portland International Film Festival is a thing of wonder, but it seems this year to have forgotten something: black film. While we might get a pleasant surprise when that French film Cycling    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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