Essays

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How ‘Wish Dragon’ Traces The Story of Aladdin Back to Ancient China

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From ancient China to the modern cinema, the new Netflix animated feature has centuries of storytelling tradition in its bones.

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An Indy Darling: John Williams and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

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As ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ turns 40, Charlie Brigden explores how composer John Williams gave Indiana Jones his groove.

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On the Particular Devastation of the ‘Chernobyl’ Premiere

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For our Episodes column, we re-examine “1:23:45”, the bleak, fantastic first installment of HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ miniseries.

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‘Bo Burnham: Inside’ Redefines the Internet Age

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At a time when everyone is doing it, Bo Burnham gets internet critique right.

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Back to the Movies: Celebrating Portland’s Historic Hollywood Theatre

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The Hollywood Theatre first opened its doors in 1926. Nearly one hundred years later, it has navigated its fair share of hard times to become a beloved staple in the Portland arts scene.

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Back to the Movies: An Ode to Watching Horror on the Big Screen

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Nothing can replace the power of seeing fear on the big screen.

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Back to the Movies: ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Will Remind Us Why We Need Movie Theaters

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With movie theaters making a comeback, ‘Mission: Impossible’ reminds us why going to the cinema should not be considered a dying art.

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Back to the Movies: Theaters Might Be Opening But I’m Staying Home

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While some cinephiles are heading back to the in-person cinema experience, there are a few who are content staying home.

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Back to the Movies: Projected on Film

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With the imminent return of movie theaters, it’s more important than ever to keep the practice of watching movies projected on film alive.