Freedom Lost

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a brutal, beautiful and vital film.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Twelve Years a Slave was part of a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolition   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Truth Has No Temperature: The Counselor Reviewed

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Movies & Television
The Counselor screened after WW press deadlines. It's recommended only for those who wish to see Cameron Diaz wearing a hooded jacket that makes her look like vaguely an Ewok.Critic's Grade: D+So far as I can tell, The Counselor has one primary lesson to teach viewers: Drug trafficking is bad. Real bad. Unless, of course, you’re an exotic dancer-turned-heartless villain with cheetah print tattoos ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Good Ol’ Freda

She’s leaving home.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At 17, Freda Kelly was plucked from a typing pool to serve as secretary for what would become the biggest band in the world. Director Ryan White’s documentary Good Ol’ Freda is a charming    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

All Is Lost

Old man and the sea.


Movie Reviews & Stories
We all know Robert Redford too well. We know that, after nearly 50 years on the big screen, Redford the man is not an investigative journalist, a gadabout sidekick or a dark-horse power hitter   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Stallone, Schwarzenegger and The Twilight Of The Action Figure: Escape Plan Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Escape Plan screened after WW press deadlines, but critic Jay Horton was there for the Stallone and the Schwarzenegger.Critic's Grade: C+A quarter century ago, when dinosaurs strode the earth, American cinema was dominated by an unlamented breed of leaden, clunky, ginormous vehicles constructed to flatter the specific charms and mask the woeful limitations of leaden, clunky, ginormous stars. ...   More
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 JAY HORTON

Stale Pig's Blood: Carrie reviewed

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Movies & Television
The third cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie screened after WW press deadlines. AP Kryza thinks it could have used even more time in the cooker.Grade: C-Kimberly Peirce's new take on Stephen King's seminal high-school tale Carrie is gorgeously shot, capably acted and appropriately gruesome—all essential elements in an effective retelling of a story so ingrained in the American ...   More
 
Thursday, October 17, 2013 AP KRYZA

Mars Project

This magic moment.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Khari “Conspiracy” Stewart wouldn’t be the first rapper said to have magic flow. The issue is that Stewart believes his flow really is magic, the psychic and extraplanetary kind, originati   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks is America’s troubled conscience.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s easy to forget this while hanging at an average Portland cafe, but America is scary as hell. Especially if you’re a Somali pirate. You probably already know the story behind the new T   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Punk Singer

Rebel girl.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Kathleen Hanna’s life story is filled with enough incident and drama to fill a week’s worth of feature-length documentaries. She survived a strange and sometimes abusive upbringing, turned   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

C.O.G.

Me travel to Oregon one day.


Movie Reviews & Stories
David Sedaris’ writing spawned a play—The Santaland Diaries—back in 1996, but the smartass satirist has long resisted cinematic adaptations of his work. Until now, that is. Kyle Patrick Alva   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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