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‘Wanderlust’ funny, eerily familiar to Eugene life

For those living here, many of the vegan, Mother Nature, natural birth, free love and acid-trip jokes land close to home.

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Scene desk Netflix picks: foreign films

Travel the world from your couch by checking out the best foreign films Netflix has to offer on instant watch. Here we’ll suggest films from India, Sweden and France.

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Scene Desk Round Table: What should win Best Picture?

On Sunday night, the best of the film industry will come together for the Academy Awards to celebrate their art. And to win some awards. This year’s best picture nominees are “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and “War Horse.” We’ll each tell you which movie we think should win the night’s biggest honor.

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‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ redefines the concept of Hell

You can’t take a movie like this and hold it up to the standard of good film-making because, let’s be honest here, it just won’t hold up.

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Scene Desk Netflix picks: Oscar-winning movies

The Academy Awards are this Sunday and what better way to get ready than by watching some past winners on Netflix Instant Watch? Here are our picks for the best Oscar-winning movies on Netflix.

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‘The Vow’ is not the greatest romance story every told

Channing Tatum vows to win back the love of his amnesic wife — played by Rachel McAdams — in this so-so romantic movie. Do yourself a favor and skip it in the theater.

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20th-annual Queer Film Festival features ‘The Right to Love’, the story of a gay couple raising a family

On Saturday night, the festival showed “The Right To Love: An American Family,” a documentary released earlier last week that chronicles the lives of husbands Jay and Bryan Leffew as they raise their two adopted children Daniel and Selena.

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Scene Desk’s Netflix picks: TV shows

In this new weekly series, the Scene Desk, as well as some other Emerald staffers, will recommend to you our picks for the best stuff on Netflix. This week we’re suggesting our favorite TV shows, all of which are available on instant streaming. So put off that paper, study for your midterm tomorrow before class starts and visit that faithful website for the procrastinator in all of us.

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‘The Woman in Black’ short on surprises, but not chills

I’m just going to go ahead and start off this review with a little piece of advice: Do not see this movie the weekend your roommates go out of town and you have the house to yourself. Do not do that.

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“Man on a Ledge” predictable but well acted

Due to its literal title, you can correctly assume what “Man on a Ledge” is about before entering the theater. It’s the story of ex-cop and fugitive Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) whose assumed suicide attempt of jumping off a ledge and into the streets of New York is slowly revealed to be something much more

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Spotlight is on local filmmakers at OpenLens Festival

How would you like to watch a documentary about the fighting video game competition sub-culture in Portland? Maybe you’d like to watch the tale of a “parking meter fairy” who’s always saving tardy parkers in the nick of time, much to the chagrin of the villainous parking attendants? This Saturday you can, and the cherry on top is that all of these films were made by Oregon filmmakers, most of them right here in the Eugene area.

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‘Underworld: Awakenings’ sucks in all three dimensions

Kate Beckinsale continues to try and kill her acting career as she reprises her role as a “Death Dealer” vampire in the latest chapter of the Underworld franchise: “Underworld: Awakenings.” And it was in 3-D!

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10-time Oscar nominee ‘The Artist’ bring silence back to the talkies

“The Artist” relies on looks, music and other things happening in the scenes — this movie is not going to spell everything out for you with dialogue. It offers audiences an adoring look inside silent films of the past, and with its expertly synched score, ease of acting by Dujardin and Bejo and stylized lighting, this film is a charming and refreshing throwback to the magic of silent movies.

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Director Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘The Iron Lady’ biopic is a must-see flick

You don’t need to know anything about British politics to see this film. You don’t need to be familiar with Margaret Thatcher to see this film. This biopic tells the story of a former global leader, and humanizes her story.

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‘The Devil Inside’ needs an exorcism

If you’re tired of watching the grass grow and like closing your hand in a car door for kicks, then this may be the movie for you.

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'The Muppets' is over-the-top, but still a great movie for families

So if you are looking for a family-friendly movie over the holidays, this movie is great. Kids are sure to enjoy the innocence and lighthearted feeling with these classic characters. Just don’t be surprised when Tex Richman stomps atop his desk and brings showgirls out from his office closet while singing “I’ve got more cheddar than some super-size nachos.”

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'J. Edgar' fails to live up to real-life story it is based on

The story had every opportunity to be an excellent movie: it’s relatable, it has conflict on many levels, the shift between 1930s America and 1960s America presents many opportunities for interesting set and costume design, but on the whole, “J. Edgar” falls short.

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This holiday season's best pop culture gifts

This holiday season is providing plenty of potential gifts for anyone addicted to pop culture. With video games, DVDs, CDs and books in high demand this winter, here are a few titles for you to consider as you shop for the perfect, entertaining gift.

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'Tower Heist' a laugh-out-loud comedy relevant to Occupy movement

I must admit, I came into the film with doubts. It seemed like it would be a cheap remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” — but set in New York. But I was delighted to be proven wrong. “Tower Heist” is a film to go see with your friends, your significant other or even your parents.

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Video: Emerald Reviews 'In Time'

Another Emerald Review of the new movie ‘In Time’ which stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer, and Alex Pettyfer Stay tuned every Thursday for more Emerald Reviews. Narrated by Spencer Gordon Written by Rebecca Sedlak Produced by Tommy Pittenger

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'In Time' fails to execute intriguing premise

Andrew Niccol’s newest sci-fi venture “In Time” is one of those films that comes around every so often with an excellent premise and appealing cast but falls short of telling a convincing story. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film shows a dystopian corporate world where humans are genetically engineered …

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Film festival brings French flavor to campus

The Cultural Forum’s free French Film Festival starts tonight at 7 p.m. in the EMU Fishbowl and continues every Wednesday night until Nov. 16.

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Prequel to the 1982 film 'The Thing' may disappoint fans of original

While John Carpenter’s take on “The Thing” brought some of the most riveting special effects to 1982 audiences, van Heijningen Jr.’s take on the film is not the update on the feature that was expected.

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Cinema on the slopes: this winter's ski, snowboard movies

Snow season is coming, and movies to get you set will be showing around campus and in the Eugene community during the next months.

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'50/50' gives a light-hearted spin to a dark situation

Through its strong performances, seamless transitions and encouragingly optimistic outlook on a grim situation, audiences should walk out of the theater feeling a little drained by the emotion and heart of “50/50,” but smiling nonetheless.

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Good Works Film Festival brings social awareness to Eugene and Portland

Good Works Film Festival, a first-time event in Oregon, will kick off Oct. 6 in Portland and end in Eugene Oct. 7-10.

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'Moneyball' is about more than baseball

If you’ve taken the plunge and decided to spend half your paycheck at the movie theater, head for “Moneyball” and forget everything you’ve previously felt about sports movies.

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‘Hereafter’ serves character-driven drama

Clint Eastwood creates another stunning drama with the stories of three people and their experiences with death and the “Hereafter.” The film opens with a powerful scene as a tsunami decimates a city. Marie LeLay (Cecile De France), a reporter on vacation, survives the disaster but is heavily shaken by …

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'Hereafter' serves character-driven drama

Clint Eastwood creates another stunning drama with the stories of three people and their experiences with death and the “Hereafter.” The film opens with a powerful scene as a tsunami decimates a city. Marie LeLay (Cecile De France), a reporter on vacation, survives the disaster but is heavily shaken by …

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"Crowbar" film debuts Saturday at McDonald Theatre

The creators of Over the Line Films don’t believe money can take place of creativity. While filming their latest full length feature, “Crowbar,” to compensate for a low budget, they needed a lot of creativity. But Sean Schoppe, the film’s producer, doesn’t want it to look cheap either. “We hope …

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