Oregonian

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Kristi Turnquist As with the original series, what's exceptional about "Deadwood: The Movie" isn't the story, but the gallery of characters created by Milch, and the extraordinary cast. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
C+ Jennifer's Body (2009) M.E. Russell While "Jennifer's Body" doesn't always connect -- particularly when it tries to build horror-movie tension -- it's still an obvious labor of movie-geek love. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) Jamie S. Rich It's pretty outrageous, though not my cup of tea. If you've liked the Trailer Park Boys in the past, though, Don't Legalize It doesn't really mess with the formula. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Eder Campuzano "Black Panther" delivers on most every level. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2018
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Eder Campuzano It's a solid "Spider-Man" adventure. And nearly every scene in "Homecoming" is filled with bits that rewards fans who play close attention to the details. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2017
The Wizard of Lies (2017) Kristi Turnquist The Wizard of Lies spends much of its overlong two hours and 15 minutes running time repeating how Madoff's crimes victimized members of his family. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Kristi Turnquist It's a shame The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks wasn't adapted as a miniseries. The amazing true story deserves an adaptation that does justice both to Henrietta Lacks, and to Skloot's achievement. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2017
The Secrets (2007) Douglas Perry Even with rote characterizations and an overheated lesbian subplot, this religion-steeped Israeli tale is entertaining, eye-opening, even cautiously sexy. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2017
Killing Reagan (2016) Kristi Turnquist Killing Reagan, which airs on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, Oct. 16, feels rushed and incomplete, compressing this historic episode into a flat pancake of pointlessness. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Purple Rain (1984) Ted Mahar The music is lively, loud, often powerful, sometimes raunchy, yet full of unexpected subtleties and nuances. The staging is frenetic but as perfect as the machines of the art can produce. This is first class music video. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2016
Confirmation (2016) Kristi Turnquist What keeps Confirmation watchable are vivid performances by a terrific cast. Washington - freed from the overacting mandate that seems part of the Scandal cast playbook - is subtle and moving as Hill. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2016
() Kristi Turnquist Robinson lived a historic life. But the achievement of Jackie Robinson is that it shows us the man in full dimension, placing him in rich context. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Eder Campuzano The director has a knack for constructing cool moments, but consistently fails to tie them together cohesively. He has neat ideas, but has trouble executing them. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2016
B Censored Voices (2015) Marc Mohan "Censored Voices" demonstrates that no matter how existential the threat, or how just the cause, war inevitably leaves scars on the victors as well as the vanquished. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
B- Ip Man 3 (2015) Marc Mohan Genre fans won't be disappointed, but "Ip Man 3" won't have much crossover appeal. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
C+ Boy and the World (2013) Marc Mohan Unfortunately, the simplistic moral message of the movie and its insistence on remaining nonverbal make "Boy and the World" feel like something that would have been more tolerable as a 15-minute short than as an 80-minute feature. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2016
B- Joy (2015) Marc Mohan An inspirational, and mostly entertaining, saga, "Joy" is a Horatio Alger story for the 21st century - but who reads those anymore? EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2015
A Carol (2015) Jeff Baker The experience of watching "Carol" is like being pulled into a different place, real and not real, like the best movies, like being in love. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2015
C The Hateful Eight (2015) Jeff Baker It just doesn't work. The pacing is off, there's no tension, the connections don't stick, all that talk leads to a lot of bloody action but no payoffs since the talk meant nothing and the characters that were saying it weren't memorable. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2015
A- The Big Short (2015) Jeff Baker A movie about the financial crisis that tells the truth in a most entertaining way. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2015
B Youth (2015) Jeff Baker I liked it, once I gave in to its charms and chose to ignore its shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2015
A- Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Jeff Baker The documentary is really just an extension of the book, with clips from the movies and commentary by the directors. That's more than enough, although I would have liked a little more on Truffaut's life and career. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2015
B- The Danish Girl (2015) Jeff Baker Redmayne and Vikander give powerhouse performances in a languid adaptation of Ebershoff's novel. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2015
B Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Jeff Baker The formula, more than the Force, was with Abrams. He was wise enough not to mess with it. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B- In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Jeff Baker There's all sorts of splashing and sloshing and spearing and shouting of ultra-polite commands -- everyone, no matter how much they hate each other, unfailingly uses the honorific "Mister" -- but nothing clicks. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2015
The Wiz Live! (2015) Kristi Turnquist From the sets and digital effects to Kenny Leon's direction and Fatima Robinson's choreography, the show looked pretty close to ready for Broadway EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
B+ Entertainment (2015) Marc Mohan An unsparing road trip through the barrenness of American pop culture and, by extension, the human soul. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2015
B All Things Must Pass (2015) Jeff Baker Hanks found an amiable raconteur in Solomon, now 90 but sharp and focused on the business that was his life. A collection of Solomon's confidants sing his praises and get misty about how much fun they had in the old days. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2015
B Chi-Raq (2015) Jeff Baker Those who dismiss Lee as a strident polemicist should take another look: "Chi-Raq" makes its points with a sharp wit and downright goofy humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2015
B The Good Dinosaur (2015) Jeff Baker It's Pixar Lite, acceptable family entertainment that's nowhere near the quality of "Inside Out" or "The Incredibles." EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2015
C Legend (2015) Jeff Baker Hardy plays two roles and knocks himself out. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2015
B+ Creed (2015) Jeff Baker It's surprising proof that iconic franchises that started in the 1970s can be revived in all the right ways. "Star Wars" fans, take note. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2015
C- Victor Frankenstein (2015) Marc Mohan It's alive, I suppose. But just barely. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2015
B+ Theeb (2014) Marc Mohan The simplicity of its narrative and the stark beauty of its landscape make "Theeb" something close to a Mideastern Western. You'd just have to trade the dromedaries for palominos and the desert tunics for ponchos. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2015
C+ By the Sea (2015) Marc Mohan Celebrity spouses Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt play a married couple trying to repair their broken relationship during a stay in a French seaside village in this arty but dramatically inert film. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2015
B Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Marc Mohan At times the movie feels like two Very Special Episodes of "Law & Order: SVU" stitched together, but on balance it's a smart, well-cast piece of grown-up entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2015
B- Trumbo (2015) Jeff Baker Cranston seizes a starring role as blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2015
B+ Brooklyn (2015) Jeff Baker Ronan is a fresh new star whose performance as an Irish immigrant in the 1950s is one of the best of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2015
C The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) Jeff Baker "The Hunger Games" is over. Bring on "Star Wars." EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2015
B Rosenwald (2015) Marc Mohan Documentary portrait of Julius Rosenwald, the Jewish-American head of Sears, Roebuck & Co., whose philanthropy gave a boost to African-American education and culture in the first half of the 20th century. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2015
A- Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) Marc Mohan Here is an auteur able to swallow the urge to shake his fist and bellow to the heavens about the injustice of his situation. Instead, he continues to explore, with humor and humanity, the themes that have always fascinated him ... EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2015
B+ What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015) Marc Mohan It's a film that attempts the impossible: to make us understand what it's like to confront the fact that your father was responsible for the deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Jews during the Holocaust. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2015
D My All American (2015) Jeff Baker Steinmark's life doesn't give a filmmaker much to work with, and writer-director Angelo Pizzo makes the least of it. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2015
C+ The 33 (2015) Jeff Baker What happened in Chile really was a triumph of the human spirit, as cliched as it is to write that sentence. The miners deserved a better movie, but that's not how it works. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2015
A Spotlight (2015) Jeff Baker A special experience, a movie that matters. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2015
B+ Miss You Already (2015) Marc Mohan It shows imperfect characters dealing imperfectly with situations ranging from the maritally frustrating to the existentially overwhelming. There are no heroes here, just people trying the best they can. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2015
C The Keeping Room (2014) Marc Mohan Ultimately, "The Keeping Room" feels more like a clumsy melding of "Unforgiven" and "12 Years a Slave" than a unique take on violence, race, and gender. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2015
B Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary (2014) Marc Mohan There's not a lot of new information in this affectionate portrait, but anyone interested by the history of the counterculture in this country should find it worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2015
B- Spectre (2015) Jeff Baker It's "Thunderball" without the light touch and the boring underwater scenes. Not bad, no need to wake Roger Moore from his mid-morning nap and bring him out of retirement, but not special. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2015
B- Suffragette (2015) Jeff Baker Gavron is blessed with a talented cast that's fully invested in the project. Duff and Carter transform what could be cliched roles while Gleeson and Whishaw make the men more than one-dimensional villians. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2015