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Darleen Ortega

Darleen Ortega has been a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color to serve in that capacity. She sees two to three films a week and has been writing about movies for well over a decade, including blogging two film festivals and publishing a list of the year's best films. You can find her movie blog at www.opinionatedjudge.blogspot.com.



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My Top 10 Films of 2016

This year, there’s more overlap with the Oscars

This year my list of the 10 best films out of all of those I saw shares more overlap than usual with the Academy Awards -- perhaps in part because of the pressure on Hollywood to notice the work of artists of color, which tend to dominate my list.

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A sampling of films worth watching at PIFF

The first few days of regular and preview screenings at the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) have included some films you can still catch as the festival unfolds over the next two weeks.

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Honoring Black History at PIFF

Citywide festival puts focus on world diversity

My favorite time of year is upon us! For the rest of this month, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) will pack your local theaters

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Film Depicts Mysticism of Ordinary Life

A review of the film 'Paterson'

There is something so necessary about Jim Jarmusch's new film, "Paterson." In giving us this gentle examination of the life of a poet-laborer and his wife, Jarmusch has demonstrated something that we are always in danger of missing: the mysticism of ordinary life.

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A Hunger for Films about ‘Hidden Figures’

The opinionated judge Darlene Ortega reviews "Hidden Figures."

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A Refusal to Cave and a Right to Assert

New film depicts woman in a fight for her home

'Aquarius' is a canny film that has the power to stay with you for a long time

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Following Where Love Led Them

Movie about historic interracial couple shows a path forward

Loving” is a new dramatization about the couple behind a 1967 Supreme Court decision overturning laws against interracial marriage.

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Rare Film to Embrace Black Experience

A review of the movie 'Moonlight'

"Moonlight" is the kind of art that makes you ache what you have been missing.

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Disney film ‘Queen of Katwe’ Inspires

This is a rare opportunity to see an African story filmed in Africa, by a director who lives there.

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Art as Social Justice

A cheer for Ashland plays and racial progress

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's outdoor Elizabethan stage features plays this summer and fall that are all are worth seeing.

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