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Movie Review: Merchants of Doubt

Spin masters warp “boring” science to make bank.


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A month ago, OregonLive.com posted an op-ed about a potential vape ban in bars. “This isn’t about protecting people,” it said, “it’s about controlling them” and “empirical research   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: This Is Your Theater

The Hollywood wants you to pick a movie—stop being lazy.


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To film geeks, the Hollywood Theatre is this city’s living room. When the Hollywood began its This Is Your Theater program last year, it solidified that status by letting patrons pick movies t   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AP KRYZA

Know Your Dystopia

Young adult worlds beyond The Hunger Games.


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The second film in the Divergent series hits theaters this week. Insurgent, adapted from the wildly popular series of young adult novels, centers on a gutsy heroine uniting disparate factions in   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Killing people for being different is not good.


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The Divergent Series: Insurgent is essentially a dumb action movie, except with the traditional gender roles reversed. The hero is a woman. The villain is a woman. The ever-supportive eye cand   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Fear of Music

Swedish artist Erik Bünger sees film music as a virus.


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Since he was a child, Erik Bünger has been followed by the sinister shadow of Harry Lime.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekMore specifically, he’s been haunted by the jaunty, ethereal zither me   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 AP KRYZA

Girls In Film

POWgirls offers girls a seat in the director’s chair.


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The statistics for women filmmakers are dismal: In 2013, only 6 percent of the 250 top-grossing domestic films had female directors. Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival took aim at that di   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Wild Tales: Movie Review

Revenge served piping hot.


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A model walks onto a plane. A music critic seated across the aisle starts talking to her. It turns out he wrote a scathing review of music written by her ex-boyfriend. It turns out her ex-boyf   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Perfect Murder

Strangers on a Train may be Hitchcock’s most prescient work.


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Of all the classics in Alfred Hitchcock’s repertoire, 1951’s Strangers on a Train (Academy Theater; March 13-19) might be the most enduring.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekWhen you look at   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 AP KRYZA

Make Your Own Vince Vaughnedy

Coming to a theater near you within the next decade.


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Unfinished Business hits theaters across the country this week. It stars a schlubby, gruff and yet still charming Vince Vaughn, who leads a ragtag crew to an important business thing with ever   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

What We Do in the Shadows

The Real World of vampires.


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The last thing pop culture needs is another vampire flick. The second-to-last is more reality TV. Leave it to a pack of Kiwis—including Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame—to giv   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI
 

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