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Is it (finally) Leo’s year?

Before his days playing the whimsically romantic Jack Dawson in Titanic or the infamously ruthless Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, a babyfaced Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for his first Academy Award at just 19-years-old for his role as Arnie, a mentally impaired youth in the independent drama What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.  DiCaprio has been …

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Review: That time Beyoncé stole the Super Bowl Halftime show

The halftime show for Super Bowl 50 included a high energy mash-up of three varying artists: Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. The show included an attempt at a tribute to past halftime performers. As much as Coldplay tried to be the star of what was supposed to be its big show, …

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Louis C.K. stays busy with ‘Baskets’ and ‘Horace and Pete’

In 2011, standup comedian Louis C.K. released his Live at the Beacon Theater comedy special for $5 through his website. Since then, all of his specials have been released in the same manner due to its success. Lately, his main project has been the FX show Louie, arguably one of …

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'Anomalisa' is a stop-motion puppet film starring Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh in director Charlie Kaufman's seventh feature film.
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Double Take: The slow burn of Charlie Kaufman’s newest film, ‘Anomalisa’

Anomalisa is writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s seventh feature film after a string of heady movies like Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation. (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). The 90-minute, stop-motion animation film, which Kaufman shares the directorial helm with Duke Johnson, features puppets in the starring roles and …

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Review: The People vs O.J. Simpson is every bit as unbelievable as the truth.

In many ways, the trial of O.J. Simpson spurred the modern concept of reality TV. It brought Americans to their television sets in unprecedented numbers, watching a plot unfold that couldn’t have been constructed in any writers’ room. As a result, The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story feels like …

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Podcast: The 2015 Oscar nominations are, indeed, #sowhite

The general consensus of what reigned supreme in 2015 cinema was declared on Jan. 15 with the 88th annual Academy Award nominations. That same week, a few of us at the Emerald discussed what surprises (or lack thereof) and diversity (or lack thereof) was boasted throughout the Oscar nominations. The …

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UO grads curate first-ever Portland’s Young Filmmakers Showcase

Amateur filmmakers and seasoned professionals alike will come together for a night of short film screenings at the Portland’s Young Filmmaker Showcase, an event created by two University of Oregon graduates – Will Cuddy and Zach Feiner. The Feb. 25 showcase will include a screening of Cuddy and Feiner’s latest short film …

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‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Is Back For Season 11

Television’s darkest comedy and most narcissistic gang of underachievers is back for season 11 on FX. The season premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gave fans exactly what they were hoping for from executive producers and lead actors Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, as well as the brilliant Danny …

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Get to know the duo behind the score to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s’s new film ‘The Revenant’

Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto will likely receive substantial stateside exposure following their ‘Revenant’ soundtrack, but they’ve released a wealth of material together on their own.

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Double Takes: Despite its Golden Globes, ‘The Revenant’ is a polarizing film

In our Double Takes series The Emerald provides two reporter’s contrasting opinions about Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Golden Globe-winning The Revenant, his first film since winning the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2014 for Birdman. Craig Wright was not impressed by the camerawork, while Meerah Powell says it is an immersive film. The film …

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Emerald Recommends the best movies of 2015

The Big Short, Room, Mad Max, and more top our lists of the best releases from 2015.

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Emerald Recommends the Best TV of 2015

Emerald staffers pick their favorite TV shows from last year, which featured many great shows, from the conclusion of ‘Mad Men’ and the introduction of ‘Better Call Saul’ on AMC, to Netflix originals ‘Master of None’ and ‘Jessica Jones.’

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‘Point Break’ maintains the spirit of the original cult classic

The remake of the 1991 cult classic Point Break is better than expected, just don’t expect much more than an entertaining movie.

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Berg: A comprehensive defense of ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’

Search your heart, you know it’s true – Home Alone 1 isn’t as good as 2.

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Star Wars: What are the fans saying?

Fans have plenty to say about the new Star Wars film. Here are some of the most common sentiments.

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Does ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ live up to the monumental hype?

For a blockbuster as massive as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ the Emerald enlisted three reviewers to compare opinions. One could not find tickets at any theater, so we are left with a double review from a ‘Star Wars’ fanatic and a casual fan. All reviews are spoiler-free.

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Review: ‘Doctor Who’ concludes Season 9 on an emotional high note

The last episode of season 9 of Doctor Who, “Hell Bent,” was meaningful in every sense of the word.

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‘The Night Before’ and ‘Krampus’: the search for a new Christmas classic

This season gives us two unconventional yuletide flicks from Seth Rogen and Michael Dougherty. But will they hold up for annual viewing?

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Berg: ‘Creed’ sets a new standard for retro revivals

It’s the oldest story around, but Ryan Coogler’s ‘Creed’ finds a way to make it feel new and refreshing.

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Guest Review: ‘Suffragette’ and the problem with period films

Period films dealing with social justice cut both ways: on the one hand, 12 Years a Slave reminds us of the cruelties of antebellum America and why people should never regress to living in such a way. On the other, it allows us the breath with which to sigh, “Whew, …

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Emerald Recommends: The Best Films of the Decade (So Far)

This Thanksgiving weekend, check out some of the best films from 2010-2015, handpicked by the Emerald staff.

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Review: Marvel continues its Netflix hot streak with ‘Jessica Jones’

Focusing on a chapter of Jones’ superhero career rather than her origin, Marvel’s latest serial is more noir than superhero show.

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Double Takes: ‘Mockingjay, Pt. 2’ concludes the Hunger Games film saga

Our writers Anna Lieberman and Jordyn Brown take on the final film in the post-apocalyptic franchise.

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Photos: Eugene Comic Con

The first Eugene Comic Con in ten years was held this past weekend at the Lane Events Center to a resounding success. Thousands of comic fans flooded the conventional hall for genre celeb meet & greets, artist signings, panels, and more. But the ultimate highlight of the show was the …

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Guest Review: ‘Spectre’ closes Bond’s story arc with supercars, intense brooding

So, the latest James Bond is all supercars and gushy feelings. References to Daniel Craig’s last three films as the suave MI6 agent abound, and there’s a new-but-old villain played by the ever-chilling Christoph Waltz. This go-around, it’s all about bringing Craig’s story arc full circle. In Spectre, Bond is …

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Review: ‘Master of None’ is the year’s smartest and most relatable sitcom

Aziz Ansari is a man of the times. His character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation was a tech savant, social media guru and modern entrepreneur. In his stand-up specials, Ansari delivered fresh comedy through everyday interactions. Now, in his new Netflix show Master of None, Ansari translates those everyday interactions …

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Podcast: Daniel and Craig Review the New Daniel Craig Movie: ‘Spectre’

Arts and culture editors Daniel Bromfield and Craig Wright tell you whether ‘Spectre’ is worth your time in this first installment of the Emerald podcast “Daniel and Craig Review the New Daniel Craig Movie.”

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Berg: The five best horror flicks of the past five years

Old-school horror is good and fine, but the current generation is not to be ignored.

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Halloween Horror: Why do we love scary movies and haunted mazes?

Terrifying experiences might be a shot of pre-civilization invigoration in our safe lives.

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