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Trailer: The Rape of Recy Taylor

— by BEV QUESTAD — Oprah Winfrey announced the December death of Recy Taylor during her powerful 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech. She let the world know of Taylor’s gang rape by white boys, her courageous accusation, her connection to Rosa Parks and how that [...]

Steven Soderbergh goes mobile with Unsane

— by CRAIG SMITH — Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to the Oscars thanks to his slick Hollywood fare, as fans of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Erin Brockovich” will be quick to tell you. But his latest movie, the horror thriller “Unsane,” was shot entirely on iPhones. What’s more[...]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: First Trailer

— by JASON CULLEN — “Jumanji” (1995), directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, was one of the best-loved family films of the ’90s, and people have fond memories of the safari-themed adventure. Some purists may think that classics such as t[...]

I Am Not Madame Bovary: Official Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — The fabulously diversified Portland International Film Festival has been extended to Feb. 27. An example of one of PIFF’s exquisite foreign films is the picturesque Chinese blockbuster by Feng Xiaogang. Known as China’s Steven Spielberg, he uses a unique screen[...]

Starless Dreams: Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — Award-winning director Mehrdad Oskouei was given access to an incarceration facility for girls 18 and under in Iran. Gently asking them why they were there and what their hopes for the future were, he discovers a greater societal transgression than the girls’ crimes.[...]

Nakom: Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) wins another 10/10 with “Nakom,” a story about a young man, remarkably played by Jacob Ayanaba, with drive, initiative and intelligence who has the choice to take over his father’s farm or proceed on his university [...]

Heidi: Festival Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — With her spunky nature, the title character of Alain Gsponer’s new version of “Heidi” uncannily represents our time. Though picturesquely set in the 1880s, this new rendition of an old classic celebrates the child, curiosity, learning and following dreams – no [...]

The Son of Joseph: Official UK Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — Vincent (Victor Ezenfis), a teenage boy consumed with an identity crisis, learns who his father is. Then he has a key made to fit his bio-contributor’s office where he hides under a divan. In revulsion at the immorality he witnesses and in long-burning resentment for[...]

The Distinguished Citizen: Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — Excelente! This Oscar nominee from Argentina for best foreign film is brimming with insight about the human condition. Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martínez), an Argentinian ex-pat, is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. A bit like Bob Dylan, he thinks he won’t go. B[...]

The Ornithologist: Teaser

— by BEV QUESTAD — This year’s Portland International Film Festival features an odd entry from Portugal’s Joao Pedro Rodrigues. “The Ornithologist” is as weird as its screeching music. Set in the scenic grandeur of mountainous Portugal, a bird watcher (Paul Hamy) gets frustra[...]

A Quiet Passion: Festival Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — The biographical story of Emily Dickinson, “A Quiet Passion” is one of the 166 films being shown Feb. 9 to 25 as part of the 40th annual Portland International Film Festival. Cynthia Nixon excels as Dickinson and deserves tremendous credit for her performance in Te[...]

Office Christmas Party: Three Trailers

— by JESSIKA OWENS — Anybody who has ever had an office job can probably safely say they have fantasized about letting loose and just destroying the office in a drunken rage whilst watching co-workers act like bumbling fools. Perhaps I’m speaking for myself, but it sounds fun in my[...]

Jenny’s Wedding: Official Trailer

— by JESSIKA OWENS — The cinema has always been a great platform to explore the dysfunctions that dwell within family units. There is an overwhelming abundance of films dealing with family dynamics which makes it extremely difficult for new films exploring the subject to bring anything n[...]

Confidential: Trailer

— by JESSIKA OWENS — One of the more fascinating relationships often portrayed in film and TV is that between a psychiatrist and their patient. I imagine this is because the situation and circumstances allow the patient to be raw and vulnerable, and on screen, that is enthralling. I ofte[...]