God Forbid: Son of God Reviewed

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Movies & Television
We can't remember why this movie screened after WW press deadlines, or why it took so long for this review to make its way online. Like religion, it's probably best left unexplained.Critic's Grade: DWhile it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that Son Of God was adapted from another medium, this retelling of the story of Jesus Christ borrows less from the Bible than from The Bible: The film ...   More
 
Monday, March 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

Takes on a Plane: Non-Stop Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Non-Stop screened after WW press deadlines, presumably because Liam Neeson was too busy having slugfests in airplane lavatories.Critic's Grade: BIt's been about six years since Liam Neeson stopped campaigning for golden statues of bald men and started slugging bald foreign men with gold teeth, and Non-Stop marks the eighth film in which the classical actor turned rugged elder statesman of action ...   More
 
Friday, February 28, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Wind Rises

I’ll fly away.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Early in Hayao Miyazaki’s latest—and probably final—film, an earthquake strikes Tokyo. The earth buckles and writhes, rippling like a belly dancer’s abdomen. It’s a remarkably moving s   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

102 Neverending Minutes: Endless Love Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Endless Love took its sweet, sweet time before screening for press. And then once it eventually screened, it really did never seem to end.Critic's Grade: DEndless Love is 2014’s first contribution to the catalog of sexed-up tweenie love dramas, and in all its idealistic idiocracy and over-the-top affirmations of “soul mates,” it best serves as a reminder that Hollywood has completely lost grip ...   More
 
Thursday, February 13, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Gloria

Love (and sex) in the time of middle age.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Two phrases that should probably be retired from the English language—“slice of life” and “woman of a certain age”—have both been applied to Gloria, the new film from Chilean director    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

PIFF 2014: Shovel-Ready

The Portland International Film Festival digs itself out from beneath the snowbank.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s normal to feel behind at this point in the Portland International Film Festival. During a normal year, it’s impossible to keep up with all the mummified dictators and decapitated royals a   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 WW Staff

PIFF Into Darkness

The Portland International Film Festival embraces its sinister side.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s a dismal time of year. February is a dark, soggy slog—especially at the multiplex. It’s a perfect time, though, for snuggling into a seat in a cozy arthouse theater to watch something d   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Staff

The Monuments Men

Preserve and protect.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The story of The Monuments Men is inspiring. During World War II, a squadron of older art scholars was dispatched to Europe in an effort to protect art and other precious cultural artifacts from   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

12 O’Clock Boys

Rev it up.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan apparently began creating 12 O’Clock Boys with one question in mind: Who are these gangs of kids barreling around Baltimore on dirt bikes? His film answers tha   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 RUTH BROWN

The Past

A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you.


Movie Reviews & Stories
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

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