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In Defense of Shutting In

'The Wolfpack' is a documentary about kids growing up in a locked house

Ok The Wolfpack becomes a loose laboratory study of the nature of escapism, raising such context-dependent questions as whether an obsession with Reservoir Dogs is healthy for kids.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

The Man Makes the Clothes

Design not quite within reach in 'Saint Laurent'

Ok Bertrand Bonello’s film comes on like a narcotic and presents the life of late designer Yves Saint Laurent in a series of oblique narrative vignettes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Once More Unto the Beach

'Love & Mercy' lies in bed just like Brian Wilson did

Ok In Love & Mercy, a bedridden Brian Wilson struggles mightily with almost becoming the star child from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or something like that.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Here’s that Estonian Oscar Submission You Asked For

'Tangerines' probably is as sweet and tart as a little Eastern European war drama can probably be

Ok Have you heard this one? A Chechen and a Georgian lie wounded in an immigrant Estonian’s house, circa 1992.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

The Kids Are…Well, They’re OK

Meet the Who’s managers in 'Lambert & Stamp'

Ok What it takes to produce a great quartet of gear-smashing mod rockers is this: on the one hand, a gay, Oxford-educated son of a composer, and on the other, yes, the kid brother to the future General Zod.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Frontiersman and Frontiersboy

'Slow West'. Because Fast East isn’t a thing

Ok In its best moments, Slow West manages to take the piss out of genre-mandated laconicism without losing sight of why we like it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Turning Frowns Upside Down or Some Shit

'Misery Loves Comedy' is for fans

Ok Misery Loves Comedy works because its subject—comedians and how they operate—is important to comedy fans.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 David Riedel

Is That a Fourth Wall in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

'Playing It Cool' doesn’t, but it’s awright

Ok Playing It Cool gets points for trying to be a different kind of romantic comedy but gets demerits for being dumb as shit.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 David Riedel

Adult but Not Grown Up

Nick Kroll tackles family comedy and drama in 'Adult Beginners'

Ok It seems the big comedy trope these days is the screw-up-makes-good comedy, and now Nick Kroll is getting in on it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 David Riedel

Some of His Lies Are True

Hill and Franco put on their drama coats for 'True Story'

Ok True Story is a quiet but tense rumination on the nature of truth.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 David Riedel
 
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