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Stalking a Stalker

A crummy 12 hours spent in front of some phony’s house.


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Around my fourth hour of staring at a nondescript ranch house in the foothills of Mount Tabor, my mind begins to wander. My laptop picks up an errant Wi-Fi signal from one of the neighborhood’s    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Adore

Unleash the cougars!


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As far as cougars go, Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are pretty choice. Both radiant blondes, they’re as tanned and toned as West Hills moms who spend their days taking spin classes at the Multnom   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Chuck and Badger

A new film festival aims to be Portland’s Sundance.


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If there’s something Portland doesn’t need, it’s another film festival—much less one with a name so similar to the city’s biggest cinematic celebration, the Portland International Film F   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 WW Staff

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Crime and punishment in a Texas town.


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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints wants to be murky and oblique. I wanted to rewind it. Not for its dusky visuals or folksy dialogue—I wanted to re-see scenes so shrouded in darkness that I could bar   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Closed Circuit

A generic paranoid thriller, now relevant by happenstance.


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British thriller Closed Circuit opens with a frightening image that’s become all too familiar: A grid of security camera footage fills the screen, allowing us glimpses of people going about th   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Spectacular Now

You’re just jealous ’cause they’re young and in love.


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The Spectacular Now opens with a male voice-over lamenting a recent breakup. That’s the same way (500) Days of Summer—the previous film from screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 KRISTI MITSUDA

An Inventory of The Canyons

A very serious accounting of a very serious film.


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The puffy eyes of Lindsay Lohan. The deadened eyes of James Deen. The frozen faces of the forever tan. Vast and elegant interiors as two-dimensional as they appear in lifestyle magazines—the v   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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
 

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