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Movie Review: Starred Up

Behind bars.


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“Gritty prison drama” is usually a dog whistle for either a tumbledown redemption story or the human equivalent of disaster porn. But the main elements of gritty British prison drama Starred   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Movie Review: The Drop

Dirty work.


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In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Apes Of Wrath

The science and fiction of Every Which Way But Loose.


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Every Which Way But Loose is a bizarre film, even for 1978. It’s about a dude (Clint Eastwood) who cruises around California drinking beer, bar brawling, chasing tail, listening to country m   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Lucid Dreams

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams gets the musical treatment.


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Music nerds and film geeks are constantly jockeying for the title of most obsessive fan, scrutinizing every note of an album or every frame of a movie. But sometimes, the two factions arrive a   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Last of Robin Hood

Teenage dream.


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As a real-life Lolita story, The Last of Robin Hood should be oozing with intrigue. Instead, this film about the final two years of Errol Flynn—who played the titular swashbuckler in 1938—and    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Identical

False idols.


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What if Elvis Presley’s brother had lived? What if, wracked by desperate poverty, his parents only pretended to bury the stillborn twin and instead allowed a traveling preacher and his loving    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

In Living Memory

Portlander Vu Pham puts his bizarre family experiences on film.


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When Vu Pham was a senior at Grant High School, he got a call from the office: His father was there to see him. Pham had not seen this man in more than a decade. The last time the two had locked   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.


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At first glance, Frank seems like twee hipster bait. It’s about a struggling songwriter. Tweets flash onscreen like in a millennial episode of Pop-Up Video. It treats Austin—and specifically S   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.


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The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

AP Film Studies: Vice Squad

Miami Vice gets a 30th birthday bash, complete with wine coolers.


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The year was 1984. Dr. Cliff Huxtable took up residency on the televisions of America. A Canadian astronaut finally made it to space. And, most importantly, two Miami cops rendered socks complet   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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