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Animated Alternate Reality

Take the kids to see 'The Good Dinosaur' for goodness sake

Ok Disney/Pixar’s latest animated flick is also the first feature-length animated film from director Peter Sohn, best known as the model for chubby scout Russell in Up.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Brianna Stallings

Labyrinth of Whys

Labyrinth of Lies explores the Frankfurt Nazi trials but really only scratches the surface

Ok Labyrinth of Lies follows young a Frankfurt prosecutor as he seeks justice when he is unwittingly tangled within the hidden truths of a war-torn country.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Alex De Vore

Experimental Madness

Directors take off with comic aspects of genre in 'The Forbidden Room'

Ok The Forbidden Room melds the heavy symbolism of small-bore psychoanalysis with early-Hollywood camp.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Lucas Iberico Lozada

Candidate Zero

Manipulating the press and slandering your opponent to victory in 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Ok Our Brand Is Crisis is based loosely on the 2005 documentary by the same (dumb) name, which is itself based on the real events of the 2002 Bolivian presidential election.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Alex Falcone

Gaslighting Charlie

It’s all head games until someone goes nuts in 'Breathe'

Ok Director and co-writer Mélanie Laurent (usually seen in front of the camera) crafts a heartbreaking tale of teenage cruelty.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 David Riedel

Bless the Beasts and Children

'Beasts of No Nation' is good but relentlessly grim

Ok Even if this movie is fiction, child soldiers aren’t (which Fukunaga and the other filmmakers remind us of in the credits).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 David Riedel

Out on the Tiles, Permanently

'Time Out of Mind' is an OK movie but a better Steely Dan song

Ok Time Out of Mind is sometimes compelling, sometimes exasperating, and often hugely frustrating.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 David Riedel

Power to the People

'Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution' tells a one-sided but fascinating story

Ok We’ve all be told so many things about the Black Panthers over the course of our lives, why not get something resembling a singular vision down on film?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 David Riedel

With Friends Like These…

'We Come as Friends' offers a stark look at Sudan and South Sudan

Ok We Come as Friends provides little context for its story; if you aren’t familiar with Sudan and South Sudan, you’ll probably be playing catch up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 David Riedel

Political Theatre

'Best of Enemies' is entertaining but skin-deep

Ok Best of Enemies is strongest when it lets its two lead characters have at it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 David Riedel
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