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Like Someone in Love

A needy hooker makes an elderly friend.


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It may be hard out there for a pimp, but it’s definitely harder for a prostitute. Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami makes that awfully clear in his plodding, bittersweet tale of a Tokyo college    More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Hotseat: Penelope Spheeris

The filmmaker talks about punk rock and losing her temper.


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Teenage angst has paid off well for Penelope Spheeris. Her breakout film, the remarkable   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

…And Justice For None

Peter Jackson leaves Middle Earth to investigate a wrongful conviction.


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West of Memphis is a compelling documentary—surprisingly so at a butt-numbing 147 minutes—that unwittingly provokes serious ethical questions.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Top Five Films To See At POW Fest


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Beat Down A runaway teen squeezes into scintillating pink spandex as she follows her wrestling dream. Deanne Foley’s film congenially captures showy wrestling, pubescent awkwardness and familia   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Oz the Great and Powerful

Hello, yellow brick road.


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Watching the glorious spectacle that is James Franco feels like watching a great con man. Here’s a proven movie star who made an art film re-enacting the Al Pacino leather-daddy sex thriller Cru   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 AP KRYZA

Lies My Multiplex Told Me

The Last Exorcism Part II and Hollywood’s appetite for deception.


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Apparently, one last go-around isn’t enough. At least that’s what this weekend’s debut of The Last Exorcism Part II: The Exorcisming seems to imply (it wasn’t screened for critics, or actual   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 AP KRYZA

Jack the Giant Slayer

An English folktale, with extra potty humor.


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Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the few English folktales Americans know by heart. A peasant boy sells his abusive guardian’s livestock for some beans, the beans get wet, a beanstalk grows, a   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

Last Whiff of PIFF

Saying goodbye to murderous tourists and horny priests.


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The Portland International Film Festival has aged quickly. Two short weeks ago, desperate young people fought for their identity. Last week, PIFF endured the slow burn of middle age. What greets u   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 WW Staff

A PIFF Ahead

Already mourning the end of the Portland International Film Festival? Whet your appetite with early entries for PIFF 2014.


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PIFF is an intense but fleeting thing.  It enters our lives for a few   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 WW Staff

PIFFing the Night Away

PIFF knocks you down. But you get up again.


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If the Portland International Film Festival is a night out drinking, it’s time to rally. Though PIFF’s second week includes some real drags, keep the tab open: You’ll also find a few excepti   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 WW Staff
 

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