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Winter for the movies brings a variety, featuring everything from stolen art masterpieces to dystopian societies. Escape the cold and use those Fandango gift cards grandma gave you for Christmas at Eugene’s cinematic establishments. JANUARY Lone Survivor: It’s 2005 and four U.S. Navy SEALs are on a mission to capture …

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‘Breaking Bad’ recap: And with ‘Felina,’ we bid farewell to six years of amazing television

Editor’s Note: It should go without saying, but there are MAJOR spoilers ahead for the Breaking Bad series finale, “Felina.” I’ll never forget the moment I discovered Breaking Bad. I popped open a friend’s laptop in the middle of July in 2009 to see Bryan Cranston, his head shaved and a …

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Back to the Books: These are the shows you have to binge watch before the first day of school

Okay, so you’ve watched every episode of “Doctor Who,” “Gossip Girl” and “Sons of Anarchy” that Netflix has to offer. But there’s a whole world out there of old and off-beat television that you haven’t even touched. If you’re looking for a way to kill the last week before classes …

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‘Breaking Bad’ recap: Walter White takes a hesitant vacation in the ‘Granite State’

Editor’s Note: It should go without saying, but there are MAJOR spoilers ahead for the fifth-season episode of Breaking Bad, “Granite State.” Okay, so who’s Walter White going after? Is it the Aryans who killed his brother-in-law and are holding his former assistant? Or will it be his former business partners …

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‘Breaking Bad’ recap: The empire has finally crumbled in ‘Ozymandias’

Editor’s Note: It should go without saying, but there are MAJOR spoilers ahead for the fifth-season episode of Breaking Bad, “Ozymandias.” Walter White has completely lost control. The empire he’s worked so hard to build has fractured and crumbled and, just as in the poem that inspired the episode’s title, nothing …

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J.K. Rowling is writing the screenplay for another film set in the ‘Harry Potter’ universe

Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling just inked a deal with Warner Bros. for a new film series set in the universe that brought us such things as Quidditch, Nearly Headless Nick and Draco Malfoy’s iconic, “My father will hear about this.” The movies will focus on Newton Scamander, author of Fantastic …

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‘Breaking Bad’ recap: We’ve gone full circle in ‘To’hajiilee’

Editor’s Note: It should go without saying, but there are MAJOR spoilers ahead for the fifth-season episode of Breaking Bad, “To’hajilee.” The guns are out and there’s no turning back. With only three hours standing between us and the end of Breaking Bad as we know it, all the cards are …

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‘Breaking Bad’ recap: Everyone has chosen sides in ‘Buried’

Editor’s Note: It should go without saying, but there are MAJOR spoilers ahead for the fifth-season episode of Breaking Bad, “Buried.” Last week’s mid-season premiere of Breaking Bad answered a lot of questions, then raised just as many. Tonight’s “Buried” didn’t so much set out to answer those questions as much …

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‘Breaking Bad’ recap: ‘Blood Money’ sets the pace for what’s sure to be a thrilling end to the series

Editor’s Note: It should go without saying, but there are MAJOR spoilers ahead for the mid-season premiere of Breaking Bad, “Blood Money.” Well, it’s all out on the table. “Blood Money” picks up the moment “Gliding Over All” ends, with Hank stepping out of the Whites’ bathroom, Leaves of Grass …

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The Wolverine Review: A little goes a long way

Four mutants. From my count, James Mangold’s The Wolverine had four mutants who were essential to the plot, a far departure from what we’ve come to expect from the X-Men franchise. These films are usually brimming with folks either coming to terms with the fact that they have superpowers or otherwise showing …

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Campuzano: Do we really need more grit?

There’s a scene in “The Dark Knight” that perfectly illustrates Hollywood’s ongoing fascination with grittiness. It’s the one where Batman is speeding toward the Joker in the Batpod and the latter is shouting, “I want you to do it. Hit me!” Like the spread of the blue stuff in “Breaking …

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‘Despicable Me 2’ review: This sequel is anything but

Somebody at Illumination Entertainment owes whoever created the minions big time. The yellow oddballs stole the show in the first “Despicable Me” and the sequel doesn’t just utilize them to the same degree as the original — a major part of the plot centers around them. “Despicable Me 2” picks …

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Review: Man of Steel is plagued with problems

Superman has long needed a do-over. The third and fourth installments in the character’s original film series were critically panned. The 2006 semi-reboot, Superman Returns, attempted a convoluted solution to that problem — pretending they never existed and picking up right where Superman II left off, albeit several years later both on screen …

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Fans celebrate return of ‘Arrested Development’

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Film: Who is John Harrison in upcoming 'Star Trek Into Darkness'?

A diehard Trekkie like myself was critical of J.J. Abram’s 2009 “Star Trek” reboot. Sure, most incongruities could be glossed over with a simple “But it’s a parallel universe!” — but sometimes, that just didn’t jive. I mean, Uhura and Spock in a romantic relationship? I don’t care what planet …

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Film: Found Footage Festival comes to Eugene

The New York-based Found Footage Festival comes to Eugene tonight at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theater, where a series of mostly unknown videos featuring strange and funny real-life characters will be played for the enjoyment of film-lovers. Featured videos must abide by two simple rules: they must be on …

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'Lincoln' does its best at making political history watchable

The plot of “Lincoln”@@http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/@@ revolves around the sixteenth president’s last year in office and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. You can tell from the get-go that this is a Steven [email protected]@[email protected]@ picture. I may not have caught this movie in the theater had it not had his name attached …

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Film: The democratization of film

The democratization of film in the form of readily available cameras threatens the Hollywood paradigm. They just don’t know it yet. Before DSLR cameras came around, if you wanted to make an indie movie, you needed money. Lots of money. You could ask rich people for help (good luck on …

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Film: 'Skyfall' underwhelming due to its familiarity

“Skyfall” is a revenge story wherein Javier Bardem is an ex-00 agent wanting to kill M (Judy Dench), whom he blames for the months of torture he had to endure after being captured. Explosions ensue. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film was beautifully shot. Some of the lighting and composition …

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Kendall: Why James Bond is the worst spy ever

James Bond is the worst spy ever. Strong words, I know. Let’s compare and contrast James Bond, super spy extraordinaire, and Tony Mendez, real life intelligence for the CIA played by Ben Affleck in “Argo” (easily one of the best films of the year) in an imaginary scenario. Against this …

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Downton Abbey: A slice of humanity in a historical set piece

“Downton Abbey” is a marvel. A historical drama set in the post-Edwardian period in England’s history, it takes place just a dash before World War I. It follows a family of wealthy landowners in Yorkshire in their country estate, as well as the servants working for them. Admittedly, it strays …

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Movies: 'Cloud Atlas' is creative but a little too ambitious

“Cloud Atlas” is remarkably ambitious in its scope. Some have complained (including me) that Hollywood has no ambition or creativity; that it’s all about the money and not about the art. Cloud Atlas is the exception to that rule. I just wish that it were a successful exception. Six different …

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Film: Horror is in the eye of the beholder

The Halloween season has me thinking of the horror genre. My two favorite horror movies are “Waxwork” and “Waxwork II: Lost in Time.” They’re not scary. Not at all. The horror movies I tend to like aren’t even scary. In fact, most horror movies in general tend to fall in …

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Film: Argo wows with strong performances and art design

“Argo” is an excellent film, a suspense thriller done right. For many, Ben Affleck at the helm was a turn off. They see him as somebody that has burned them in “Gigli.” And while it is right to hate that film, (many of whom say that it is one of …

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The Walking Dead subtly raises the question, 'What would you do to survive?'

The zombie craze has taken hold of the country. It happened a few years ago, and really reached its pinnacle when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established their zombie apocalypse preparedness plan. So what does this mean? It may mean that a 12-year-old boy is the director of FEMA. …

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Hell rides on two wheels in local indie flick 'All Hell Breaks Loose'

What do you do when your bride is captured by a group of bikers from hell and then kills you when you try to fight back? You exact your own brand of roadside justice with the help of a crazy priest and an alcoholic country sheriff. That’s the premise of Frenetic Films’ new indie feature filmed in Eugene, “All Hell Breaks Loose.”

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Kendall: The business in show business

Recently in “Hollyweird” there’s been a huge push for remakes of films that seem a little too recent to bring back. As of this writing, they’re in the middle of redoing “RoboCop”@@http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1234721/@@ and this summer just released another “Total Recall” [email protected]@http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386703/@@, both originals directed by Paul Verhoeven. “The Amazing Spider-Man” …

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'Looper' review: The creative filmmaker got a chance and we all win

There’s so much to say about this film, but I must leave it at this: it’s worth it. It really is. I love it when Hollywood comes through. Sometimes, filmmakers with creativity still get a chance. And when it works, we all win.

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TV/Film: Despite a couple bad characters, 'Looper' seems believable

“Looper” is a Sci-Fi thriller that doesn’t insult its audience with ridiculous “splosions” or trite characters. There is a theme about abandoned children growing up to be lost and twisted adults reminded me of some sort of Peter Pan or Pinocchio story gone horribly awry with time traveling gunmen, drugs and …

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Five of the best films made about filmmaking

Some of my favorite films from Hollywood are films about the process of filmmaking. Sometimes, the most entertaining characters are the ones behind the camera as opposed to in front of it. I always feel as though I’m there with them, realizing a boyhood dream of being a filmmaker alongside …

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