Learn to Say Goodbye

Learn to Say Goodbye

Awkwafina refreshes in "The Farewell"
I'm not sure what I expected from "The Farewell"—maybe something slightly schmaltzy, with multiple moments of unearned conflict and manipulative attempts to get the audience to reach for their hankies. That sounds harsh, but I don't trust tearjerkers.

May the Source Be with You

August Edition
Look, I realize it's incredibly impersonal to talk about the weather...especially with you. We're closer than that.

The Slow and the Curious

Hobbs & Shaw is like bad pizza
I didn't expect this movie to be smart, but I'm not sure I expected it to be so stupid, either. As an unabashed fan of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, I've been looking forward to "Hobbs & Shaw" all year.

California Dreamin'

Tarantino weaves a wondrous fairy tale
I think Quentin Tarantino is a misunderstood filmmaker. He's an unembarrassed cinephile who regularly comes under attack for his movies containing sexism, racism, brutal violence, a deep-seated foot fetish and enough bad language to make a sailor blush.

See Ya Later, Alligator

"Crawl" is a classic throwback to "Jaws"
I'm a grown-ass man. Yes, I spend too much money on comic books, physical media and having strangers cook me food, but I still feel like I'm more of a grown-up than I was, like, three to five years ago. I've seen upward of a thousand movies in theaters over the years—yet, amazingly, I had a "first-ever" moment while watching the new creature feature, "Crawl."

Collateral Damage

A great cast helps 'Lyft' "Stuber"
*This paragraph should be read in that deep, gravelly voice that the guy who narrates movie trailers uses. Vic Manning is a no-nonsense cop who can't see much of anything at all.

The Sommartime Blues

"Midsommar" disturbs to the core
The best horror movies can usually be described in a sentence. A killer shark terrorizes a beachfront community.

May the Source Be With You

July Edition
Holy heck, everyone! We're right in the middle of it now.

The Frogurt is Also Cursed

Child's Play reboot steals too much
I realize that most of the people headed to see the reboot of "Child's Play" aren't really going to care about this, but indulge me in a quick rant about the state of remakes, sequels, reboot-quels, pre-makes, re-imaginings and se-boots.

Trash or Toy?

Toy Story 4 Embraces Existential Despair
Look, Pixar has always been pretty good about finding moments of genuine humanity within their movies about flying houses, sentient toys and cute robots, but they're masters at unearthing the sadness at the core of the human condition. Animated movies about anthropomorphic toys shouldn't be so gut wrenchingly honest and upsetting, but here we are.

Small-Town Lives

"Phoenix, Oregon" captures the beauty in the mundane
Bobby Hoffman has a bad haircut and a worse mustache. He wakes up every morning in a classic Airstream trailer surrounded by empty boxes of Pop Tarts.


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BendFilm Festival Favorite Soufra Documentary Returns

BendFilm Festival Favorite Soufra Documentary Returns - McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Tue., Aug. 20, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
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MOTHERLOAD Community Screening - Bend Brewing Company

Thu., Aug. 22, 6-10 p.m.
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Chris Novak - Northside Bar & Grill

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