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Dealing With the Fallout

While the first week of PIFF focused on choices, week two finds itself mired in the aftermath of those difficult decisions.

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Perhaps you’re watching Viggo Mortensen wander through the unforgiving, hallucinogenic wastes of Patagonia in search of his lost daughter. Or you’re listening to testimonials from survivors    More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 WW Staff

Fifty Shades of Gus

The missing tampon scene from the director that could have been.

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The much-anticipated film adaptation of the mega-successful erotic fanfic novel Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters this week. Fifty Shades, which entered this world as Twilight fan fiction, has so   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI


Clinging to hope in a hard-living Canada.

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Xavier Dolan’s Québécois, Cannes Jury Prize-winning opus, Mommy, opens with a weathered but well-manicured hand reaching for a red apple, while what looks to be a child’s undergarments blo   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 KAT MERCK

AP Film Studies: Rules of Attraction

Casablanca and the science of love.

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It’s easy to look at a seemingly mismatched couple and scoff, wondering what the hell such a good-looking person would see in a person of less-desirable genetic stock. Throughout the history   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AP KRYZA

Oh, The Choices You’ll Make

You’re on your own, you know what we know, and you are the one to decide where to go for PIFF 2015.

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What do you do when you open an ill-gotten briefcase to find 50 million kronor (just under $6.1 million in real money) inside? Or when a group of Turkish soldiers hold your fellow villagers as r   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 WW Staff

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Beyond the sea.

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SpongeBob SquarePants is an absurdist red herring of a children’s television show. Sure, it has the requisite fart and poop jokes and the warm, treacly center common to the format, but it al   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Black Thought

Women dominate the Portland Black Film Fest.

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It’s no secret that cinema is whitewashed. Just look at the lineup of the Portland International Film Fest, which features a whopping two movies from the African continent in a sea of middle   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AP KRYZA

Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.

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In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

A Most Violent Year: Movie Review

Down and out in New York City.

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Calling A Most Violent Year a period piece is like calling a ruby a rock. Yes, the film takes place in 1981 New York, one of the most crime-ridden years in the city’s history. And yes, directo   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 AP KRYZA

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.

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Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

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