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The Other Boleyn Girl

What talents do Portman and ScarJo have (besides the obvious)?

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The Other Boleyn Girl, about two virtuous daughters who become rival whores for King Henry VIII, may reach its apex when Anne (Natalie Portman) takes her sibling Mary (Scarlett Johansson) by the hand, ...   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 N.P. Thompson

Body Horror and Just Plain Horrible: We've Got Even More PIFF!

Our second-week Portland International Film Festival guide was published Wednesday, but the movies didn't stop screening then. AP Kryza and N.P. Thompson were able to catch screenings of two more movies debuting at PIFF this weekend. One is a solemn study of human misery in Mexico. The other features a man who can shoot fire out of his penis....   More
Friday, February 15, 2008 by N.P. Thompson

"It Did Not Leave My Ears": Nanking Reviewed

The acclaimed documentary Nanking was not screened for Portland critics – an increasingly common and frankly disconcerting case of a studio simply dumping a good movie into our market without bothering to get the word out about its quality. We will not...   More
Friday, February 15, 2008 by N.P. Thompson

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Director Julian Schnabel’s adaptation of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s 1997 memoir begins sublimely. Charles Trenet croons “La Mer” over opening credits, and his song floats through s ...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 N.P. Thompson

Southland Tales

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Once upon a time, writer-director Richard Kelly gave us the fine and sensitive Donnie Darko , a work that succeeded not only by virtue of Jake Gyllenhaal’s bravura turn in the title role, but be ...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 N.P. Thompson

Robert Benton’s Portland Feast

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Writing in The New Yorker in 1977, Pauline Kael called the director Robert Benton “a sensitive craftsman infatuated with a painted whore.” The movie in question was Benton’s homage ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 N.P. Thompson

Liberty, Equality and Torture

The church is bringin' it back for Milos Forman's latest triumph.

Movie Reviews & Stories
In Goya's Ghosts, the maverick filmmaker Milos Forman has accomplished the unimaginable: He has somehow wrested a good performance from Natalie Portman. As Inés Bilbatúa, a wrongly jaile ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 N.P. Thompson

Paris, Je T'aime

Gus Van Sant tumbles down the Champs-Élysées.

Movie Reviews & Stories
[ONE NIGHT ONLY] Pierre Adenot's swoony, cocktail-shaker orchestrations open and close this "film collectif," promising a pop version of Old-World romance that this failed omnibus of 18 vignettes neve ...   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 N.P. Thompson

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

One of the year's best movies, full of passionate intensity.

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The first unassailably great film of 2007, this account of small-town Irish lads circa 1920 who teach themselves the basics of guerrilla warfare—in order to rid their nation of rifle-toting Brit ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 N.P. Thompson
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