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  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★½

    My review for Portland Mercury

    We’ve already had a few fine cinematic attempts to tell the story of the brilliant yet tortured Vincent Van Gogh, including the 1956 masterpiece Lust for Life and Robert Altman’s 1990 character study Vincent & Theo, which focused on the relationship between the artist and his supportive brother. Despite their colorful efforts, the one element missing was the beautiful, slightly unsettling look of Van Gogh’s groundbreaking artwork.

    Loving Vincent, the latest from animators Hugh Welchman and…

  • Breaking Away

    Breaking Away

    ★★★★½

    Still one of my all-time favorite movies. A beautiful expression about growing up, growing old, the changes we go through in our lives, and friendship. And a thrilling sports movie to boot.

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  • The Central Park Five

    The Central Park Five

    ★★★★½

    [My Willamette Week review]

    Ken Burns has spent over 20 years documenting American history in bite-size chunks, homing in on one subject after another with keen alacrity. In all that time, though, Burns has touched on issues such as racism and poverty only at a decades-long remove. So to see the 59-year-old filmmaker's name associated with a documentary recounting one of the most horrendous miscarriages of justice in recent memory is frankly a little shocking. To Burns' credit, he rises…

  • Antichrist

    Antichrist

    ★★★★

    The feel good hit of the summer from the new name in screwball comedy.