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Keep On Keepin’ On

Too much of a good thing.


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There’s nothing inherently bad about a happy film. But there’s nothing inherently good, either. That’s the case with Keep On Keepin’ On, a documentary about jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and hi   More
 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 11/12/14

Rabies, replicants and revolution.


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Professor AP Kryza is currently stuck outside Rapid City, S.D., a victim in the icy grasp of winter storm Astro. He took a break from nagging his sister to show him North by Northwest filming lo   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AP KRYZA

Force Majeure

On thin ice.


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The family of four lies on the bed, limbs intertwined. They’re Swedish. So of course they’re gorgeous—they look ripped from a Hanna Andersson catalog, down to their matching thermal underw   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Rosewater

Jon Stewart goes to Iran.


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Rosewater is a torture film in which suffering is beside the point—it’s a lovely romp in the fields of tyranny. Gael García Bernal, who plays unjustly imprisoned Iranian-Canadian journalist   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Willamette Whoops

Remembering 40 years of misguided film criticism.


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Everyone’s had opinions they regret. Part of being a critic means having those opinions published and preserved. No one nails every review, especially when overnighting a challenging movie. Even   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 WW Staff

Citizenfour

With every move he makes, another chance he takes.


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History happens in real time in Citizenfour, a behind-closed-doors account of Edward Snowden’s decision to reveal the dizzying extent of government surveillance programs. Much of Laura Poitr   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan aces art class but flunks astronomy.


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Christopher Nolan is Hollywood’s most masterful huckster: a blockbuster auteur who uses incredible sleight of hand to elevate into art what other directors would leave as garbage. He is the ki   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: H.I. and Mighty

Raising Arizona and the art of loquacious lowlifes.


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Did somebody tell the Coen brothers to shut up? ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekMaybe it’s a response to Tom Hanks’ silver-tongued jackass in the reviled 2004 remake of The Ladykillers, but with th   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

Fuss and Feathers

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman can’t quite take flight.


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In Birdman, our protagonist is Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who once wore wings as the titular superhero. But in this film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Whiplash

Jazz as blood sport.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Whiplash clefts music from dance, love and spirituality. What’s left is muscle, red and raw, beating faster and faster against a drum. That’s how Damien Chazelle’s beautiful but troubling    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH
 

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