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Up to the Jobs?

The King of Apple gets Punk’d.


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For cult-of-Apple devotees—Applets, let’s call them—Friday, Aug. 16, may be a dark day. That’s when Jobs, a new biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder and tech messiah Steve Jo   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

A shallow pool of tears.


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Every time a character in The Butler goes on a trip, somebody offers him a ham sandwich. Director Lee Daniels does much the same for the viewer—in every single scene. It isn’t hard to see    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drug War

A slow burn through Hong Kong’s underbelly.


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Johnnie To spends a lot of time in the blood-soaked gutters of Hong Kong. He makes bleak, slow-burning gangster films punctuated with extreme violence and explosive action.  In each film, the   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AP KRYZA

City In the Sky

In Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Matt Damon heals the world.


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In the year 2154, we’re told, the rich don’t care about the poor. Nothing new so far. Neill Blomkamp, whose debut film was the alien-apartheid fantasy District 9, pretty much takes this for gr   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Blue Jasmine

Cate on a hot tin roof.


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Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine isn’t so much a fish-out-of-water movie; it’s a horse-with-a-broken-leg-in-water movie. You know how this thing’s going to end. Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine is a r   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lovelace

More like Shallow Throat.


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There are many ways a biopic about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace could have gone: lurid exploitation, polyester odyssey through a world of leisure suits and bell-bottoms, bleeding-heart redemp   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Blackfish

No, seriously: Free Willy.


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Living in a modestly sized city like Portland can have its drawbacks for culture vultures. Art exhibits, live theater, indie films—sometimes it’s months, even years, between reading about thes   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 RUTH BROWN

2 Guns

With even fewer brains than guns.


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Mark Wahlberg seems to be losing his criminal edge. As a reluctant smuggler in last year’s Contraband, he excelled at sneaking illegal goods into the Port of New Orleans right under the authorit   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Fighting Schools of The East

Go east, young man, and kick some ass.


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It never fails: When a hero wants to disappear, he goes west to the frontier. But when he loses his way, he goes east. East is where the swords are. And the Zen. And the magical gurus who do weird   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

I’m So Excited!

A campy flight of fancy braces for impact.


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I recently flew aboard a plane with a singing flight attendant. Her voice trembled as she thanked us for flying with Southwest and wished us a wonderful day. Half the passengers looked charmed.    More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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