Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1480-1-.html Wed, 26 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <i>Wish I Was Here</i> - Zach Braff returns from <i>Garden State</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22811-wish_i_was_here_zach_braff_returns_from_garden_state.html As Zach Braff’s directorial follow-up to the aggressively feel-good Garden State, Wish I Was Here has been bogged down by twee expectations since it was announced. And indeed, the film is every ]]> <i>The Comedy</i> - The shocks and horrors of hipsterdom. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20181-the_comedy_the_shocks_and_horrors_of_hipsterdom.html 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]]> <i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i> - The Coen brothers hum a bittersweet tune. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21665-inside_llewyn_davis_the_coen_brothers_hum_a_bittersweet_tune.html 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]]> Brew Views: <i>Spring Breakers</i> - Disney gone wild. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20641-brew_views_spring_breakers_disney_gone_wild.html 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]]> <i>The Past</i> - A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21826-the_past_a_melodrama_that_knocks_the_wind_out_of_you.html 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]]> <i>Coherence</i> - Comet and get it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22783-coherence_comet_and_get_it.html Nothing that happens in Coherence should be allowed to happen. The film begins with a comet that may or may not be infused with reality-altering powers screaming across the sky during a dinner]]> <i>Magic in the Moonlight</i> - Woody Allen enters the spirit world. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22899-magic_in_the_moonlight_woody_allen_enters_the_spirit_world.html As with many Woody Allen movies, Magic in the Moonlight pits a cerebral man against a flighty younger woman and asks them to fall in love. This incarnation finds Stanley (Colin Firth), a yellowf]]> <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> - <i>Groundhog Day</i> goes to war with aliens. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22645-edge_of_tomorrow_groundhog_day_goes_to_war_with_aliens.html Watching a Tom Cruise movie comes with the implicit understanding that the three-time Oscar nominee is most likely to play the hero and, should his character perish, he’ll receive a glorious s]]> Movie Review: The Drop - Dirty work. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23071-movie_review_the_drop_dirty_work.html In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor]]> <i>The Guest</i>: Movie Review - From <i>Downton</i> to darkness http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23197-the_guest_movie_review_from_downton_to_darkness.html The thriller The Guest is what might happen if John Carpenter made a Halloween movie in which Michael Myers takes off his mask and turns out to be a pretty cool guy. Still mourning the loss of t]]> <i>The Two Faces of January </i>: Movie Review - Slick shtick. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23171-the_two_faces_of_january_movie_review_slick_shtick.html The throwback thriller The Two Faces of January begins with a man conning a married couple. It’s about the only time in Hossein Amini’s sleek, subdued adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s no]]> <i>The Equalizer</i> - With a vengeance. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23143-the_equalizer_with_a_vengeance.html

Antoine Fuqua’s revenge thriller The Equalizer could easily have been downright awful. Instead, it’s merely mediocre, which is testament to the immutable charisma of Denzel Washington

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<i>Men, Women & Children</i>: Movie Review - OMG teh internetz. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23354-men_women_children_movie_review_omg_teh_internetz.html Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is Crash for the age of texting, tumbling and tweeting. It’s also Reitman’s second consecutive film—after last year’s treacly Labor Day—to be less]]> <i>Citizenfour</i> - With every move he makes, another chance he takes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23482-citizenfour_with_every_move_he_makes_another_chance_he_takes.html 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]]> <i>The Theory of Everything</i> - Relatively speaking. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23556-the_theory_of_everything_relatively_speaking.html A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s 30-year marriage to Jane Wilde, The Theory of Everything fits a tad too snugly into the biopic tradition. Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ expressionist]]> <i>Goodbye to Language</i> - Farthouse cinema. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23588-goodbye_to_language_farthouse_cinema.html Jean-Luc Godard could make a movie about a potato and produce something engrossing. Goodbye to Language is a new 3-D essay film by this luminary of the French New Wave, which is another way of s]]>