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Don’t Go West, Young Women

'The Homesman' is unrelenting and bleak

Ok The question of a woman’s value is at the heart of The Homesman, director Tommy Lee Jones’ decidedly feminist Western.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 David Riedel

Flightless and Buoyant

The waterfowl in 'Penguins of Madagascar' are good for some yuks

Ok For those who like their animated movies crazy and with a throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks attitude, this is the flick for you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 David Riedel

Comedy and Torture

'Rosewater' almost works

Ok Jon Stewart’s debut as writer-director almost works, and it’s not quite good, but it’s certainly better than a rainy day flick.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 David Riedel

We Call Upon the Author

'20,000 Days on Earth' documents Nick Cave

Ok If you’re a casual Nick Cave fan 20,000 Days on Earth probably isn’t for you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 David Riedel

Shot In the Heart and You’re to Blame

'Rudderless' is better than it has any right to be

Ok Despite every story beat being telegraphed way, way in advance Rudderless remains so watchable.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 David Riedel

All That

'Advanced Style' is featherweight, but fun

Ok Lina Plioplyte’s Advanced Style documentary is a 72-minute commercial for Ari Seth Cohen’s book and blog of the same name.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 David Riedel

You Think YOUR Day Is Bad?

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' could be much, much worse

Ok There are some solid laughs, a dearth of fart jokes, and Carell and Garner have enough energy to make everything passable, if not great.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 David Riedel

Burning Down the House!

'Happy Christmas': I’m an asshole!

Ok There isn’t much point to summarizing the plot of Happy Christmas; it doesn’t really have one.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 David Riedel

A Swiftly Warming Planet

Exploring rarely accessible fjords in 'Expedition to the End of the World'

Ok There’s a sort of single mindedness that the truly intelligent possess in Expedition to the End of the World.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 David Riedel

A Good Priest, a Bad Town

'Calvary' is good but not quite great

Ok Father James sits in a confessional. An unseen man enters the box and says, “The first time I tasted semen I was 7 years old.” Thus begins Calvary, writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s pitch-black come...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 David Riedel
 
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