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Review: Girls just wanna have funds in star-studded heist-comedy ‘Ocean’s 8’

Remember comedian John Mulaney’s now infamous quip that an all-woman “Ocean’s” reboot wouldn’t work because two women would sneak off to smack talk the others? Well, the A-list all-woman cast of “Ocean’s 8” just stomped eight glitzy, razor-sharp stiletto heels into that tired joke’s neck. And then they sped off …

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Friday Playlist: Alt-Rock for Pride Month

June 1 is the first day of Pride Month, and we’re celebrating with an alt-rock gaylist! The explicitly sapphic (e.g. bisexual/lesbian) lyrics and dreamy guitar of these five songs pinpoint that rush of falling in love with yet another ultra cool, leather jacket-wearing goth babe effortlessly riding a skateboard across …

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Review: Visiting filmmaker Chloé Zhao’s newest film ‘The Rider’ is a compelling force of nature

The land near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation is grandiose and majestic, but it’s also cruel. Violent storms kick up dust around cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau), who gazes out at the scenery as he struggles to come to terms with a life-changing injury that may end his rodeo …

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Review: Charlize Theron grapples with the harsh realities of motherhood in ‘Tully’

“Tully” comes off as a combination of screenwriter Diablo Cody’s past works, “Juno” (2007) and “Young Adult” (2011), but with a magical realist twist. The shaky camera style and subdued performance by Charlize Theron make the story feel more intimate, more tangible, as Cody and director Jason Reitman themselves have …

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Filmmaker Chloé Zhao visits UO to teach directing and discuss her new film ‘The Rider,’ realist cinema, and more

For the next two weeks, award-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao will be here in Eugene guest-teaching a cinema studies course on directing. Zhao recently won the inaugural Bonnie Award, which honors a mid-career woman director, at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards. A glowing introduction from filmmaker Ava Duvernay preceded Zhao’s …

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Recap: The 13th annual DisOrient Film Festival celebrates independent Asian American artists

Last weekend, the Eugene community gathered together for the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, a five day film festival packed with 12 feature-length films and 16 short films created by Asian American filmmakers. According to a study by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 5.7% of …

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The ‘Architecture of Internment’ exhibit is an eye-opening part of the 13th Annual DisOrient Asian-American Film Festival of Oregon

Until Sunday, April 22, a series of 13 haunting boards will sit on display in the lobby of Straub Hall. “The Architecture of Internment: the Build Up to Wartime Incarceration” exhibit details Oregon’s involvement in the Japanese internment camps from 1941 – 1942, following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. President …

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Annual drag show benefit for HIV Alliance ‘Damsels, Divas and Dames’ hits the stage Saturday

“Damsels, Divas and Dames: 19 and Facing the Bronze Age,” or “Triple D” as show producer/director William Sullivan calls it, is the 19th annual Eugene drag show extravaganza promising two-and-a-half hours of singing and dancing. It’s all for a good cause too. The show’s net profit goes directly to a …

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Review: Wes Anderson’s stop-motion ‘Isle of Dogs’ is aesthetically stylish yet emotionally hollow

With his latest film “Isle of Dogs,” the famously meticulous Wes Anderson has presented himself with a challenge: Is it possible to make a derelict island full of rancid garbage and mangy mutts beautiful? Using muted tones, intricate sets, and a gorgeous mixture of hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, Anderson has …

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Review: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ may be flawed, but it’s empowering for its target audience of young girls

Ava Duvernay’s “A Wrinkle In Time” is the first ever live-action film directed by a woman of color to have a budget over $100 million. Considering that just 4% of top-grossing directors from 2007 – 2016 were women, and just seven were women of color, the film undeniably breaks exciting …

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‘The Shape of Water’ wins big at a semi-predictable 90th Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards took place last night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this Sunday, capping off a largely predictable awards season in semi-surprising fashion. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway earned redemption from last year’s “Envelopegate” when they correctly presented the Best Picture award to “The Shape of Water.” …

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Review: “Annihilation” ingeniously mutates the traditional sci-fi genre

“Annihilation” will stimulate your right brain and frustrate your left brain. It’s a simultaneously beautiful and horrifying visual spectacle that thrills in the moment but perplexes once you try to analyze and dissect its meaning. The film stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist who volunteers for a dangerous expedition …

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Preview: University Theatre’s timeless anti-war epic “Mother Courage and Her Children” opens Friday

Written by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in 1939, “Mother Courage and Her Children” chronicles 12 years in the life of merchant Mother Courage as she attempts to make enough money for her and her four children to survive the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th century. Brecht tends to craft …

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Review: “Fifty Shades Freed” is exactly what it aims to be: a ridiculously fun hot mess

The “Fifty Shades” film saga was never intended to be “good.” You can’t take source material that’s based off of “Twilight” fanfiction and make it Oscar-worthy. These movies are purposefully designed to guarantee an absolutely ridiculous (yet surprisingly entertaining) girls night out at the theater. They’re impossible to take seriously. …

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ screenwriter James Ivory returns to UO for screening and Q&A

Director, screenwriter and University of Oregon alum James Ivory visited campus Sunday evening to answer questions about “Call Me By Your Name.” Ivory produced the film and wrote the Academy Award-nominated script adapted from André Aciman novel of the same name. The event began with a screening of “Call Me …

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Review: ‘Jane’ provides an intimate look into the life of iconic primatologist Jane Goodall

Near the beginning of “Jane,” the now 83-year-old primatologist Jane Goodall reflects on the patriarchal culture of the 1950s, back when her dream of studying animals was just that — a dream. Wistfully, she says, “I wanted to do things which men did and women didn’t.” “Jane” is Goodall’s story …

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Review: ‘Paddington 2’ is a delightful romp for all ages

Sequels that outshine the originals are exceedingly rare, but “Paddington 2” pulls this lofty feat off with aplomb. The film has officially broken Rotten Tomatoes’ record for the best-reviewed film, previously set by last year’s “Lady Bird.” Though the “Paddington” films have been huge box office hits in their native …

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