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The Past

A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you.


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At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two m   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers hum a bittersweet tune.


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Lovable losers abound in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Even the most ardent admirer of Raising Arizona’s H.I. McDunnough or The Big Lebowski’s the Dude would be hard-pressed to call either m   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

Keep What You Kill: Riddick Reviewed

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Most movies that screen after press deadlines should never have made it to screens in the first place. Riddick is a rare exception.
Critic's Grade: B+
“Maybe I went and did the worst thing of all: I got civilized.” So muses Richard B. Riddick early on in the new film bearing his name. He’s ostensibly explaining how he’s come to find himself stranded on a desolate planet...   More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE

A Total Phony: Salinger Reviewed

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You may have read how we attempted to stalk Michael McDermott, the man who lurked outside a Vermont post office to photograph J.D. Salinger. The documentary about the reclusive author, Salinger, isn't out till Friday, Sept. 13, and it's just as rewarding as the photo McDermott eventually snapped—wh...   More
 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE

Brew Views: Spring Breakers

Disney gone wild.


Brew Views
The words “spring break” are repeated so often in Spring Breakers that the phrase takes on a mantralike quality. Still best known for writing Kids and directing Gummo, backwater auteur Harmony K   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

Not Much Gain, But Little Pain Either: Pain & Gain Reviewed

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Pain & Gain screened after WW deadlines, but Michael Nordine did his critic's duty. Expecting a great deal of pain and awfully little gain, he was pleasantly surprised.
Critic's Grade: B-
When considering the merits of Dwayne Johnson's cinematic oeuvre, it's helpful to keep one thing in mind: The Rock's movies may not be especially good most of the time, but he ...   More
 
Friday, April 26, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE

Just Say Nyet: A Good Day to Die Hard Reviewed

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A Good Day to Die Hard screened after WW press deadlines. Critic Michael Nordine deems it not the best day.

Critic's Grade: C+


2007's Live Free or Die Hard was, to the pleasant surprise of many, the best entry in the Die Hard series since we were first introduced to John McClane nearly two decades earlier. It was self-aware, funny and joyously over-...   More
 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE

B-Grade Action Resurges: Parker and Bullet to the Head Reviewed

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Neither Parker, starring Jason Statham, nor the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Bullet to the Head screened for Portland critics—rarely a good sign. But critic Michael Nordine thinks they may represent a return to B-movie form.


The Bourne franchise did more than provide Matt Damon's meal ticket for the better part of a decade. Slowly but surely, it also helped spur a s...   More
 
Friday, February 1, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE

The Comedy

The shocks and horrors of hipsterdom.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Nearly everything that happens in Rick Alverson’s The Comedy is uncomfortable, off-putting and morally reprehensible. But the events also amount to a hilarious and needed screed against the ennu   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

Not a Complete Wreck: Broken City Reviewed

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Broken City is for indiscriminating Mark Wahlberg fans—and for those who prefer Russell Crowe when he's not bursting into song. The film screened after WW press deadlines. The verdict? Passable.
Critic's Grade: C+
Mark Wahlberg has a rare (and marketable) quality: He remains likable even when his films are not. Viewers have seen enough of his work and know en...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE
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