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AP Film Studies: The Good, the Bad and the Corny

Clint Eastwood is cinema’s softest badass.


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Next month, Clint Eastwood—he who helmed such hard-hitting meditations on masculinity as Unforgiven and Mystic River and became the grizzled face of Hollywood manliness—hits theaters again. With��   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AP KRYZA

Fading Gigolo

Big pimpin’.


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Here’s the punch line: Woody Allen sells old men to young women. Now where’s the joke? Fading Gigolo casts Allen as a retired bookseller and unlikely pimp, enlisted by his dermatologist (Sharo   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Circle Be Unbroken

Beth Harrington on her new film about the Carter-Cash family.


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Beth Harrington didn’t grow up listening to country. As a kid in Boston, she was reared on progressive rock and punk, and she herself sang backup in Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers in the e   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

All franchise-building and no play makes Spidey a dull boy.


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When Spider-Man first swung into cinemas in 2002, his was a simpler world. At best, his caped forefathers were brooding billionaires, vengeful half-vampires and mutants standing for civil rights   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

Only Lovers Left Alive

Undead ahead.


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Given that languid cool is the lifeblood of Jim Jarmusch’s oeuvre, it makes sense that he’s finally gravitated to the vampire genre. In Only Lovers Left Alive, the iconoclastic director brin   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

AP Film Studies: Lizard Brains

The original Godzilla and the death of socially conscious monsters.


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Back in the day, our city-crushing, radiation-breathing monsters had a hell of a lot more to say. Somewhere along the way, though, they got too big for their soapboxes. Or just smashed them.    More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Rise and Fall of Portland’s Boy Mayor

Progressive-era Portland tried to stamp out juvenile delinquency with a child government. In 1914, Hollywood noticed.


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A century ago, Portland faced a terrible scourge. The city’s newsboys were corrupting the city’s moral fiber. These inveterate ruffians, who numbered in the hundreds, were known for gambling   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

As Winter in the Blood

Knocked cold.


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As Winter in the Blood opens, a young Blackfoot Indian named Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer) finds himself piss-ass drunk in a ditch, staggering toward a hallucination of his dead father—w   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER

AP Film Studies: Gym-Class Hero

Gymkata and the exile of athletes from action flicks.


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There was a time when Earth’s mightiest heroes weren’t pretty-boy actors decked out in capes and tights, reliant on computer effects to show off their powers. But, like Batman after taking the   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

Transcendence

There’s a ghost in the machine.


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On the surface, techno thrillers seem like a slam dunk: As technology evolves, so do the potential plot devices for effects-heavy films that pit man against the very stuff designed to benefit hu   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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