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You're Better off at the Hanging Tree

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' squanders…everything

Meh Does the creative team behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 see the parallel between its characters’ cynical use of propaganda and the movie studio’s cynical marketing decision to turn the final book ...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 David Riedel

What We Talk about When We Talk about Overblown

'Birdman' has too much production and not enough story

Meh Co-writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu is more concerned with the whiz-bang look of Birdman than genuine human emotions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 David Riedel

Ground Control to Major Yawn

Actually, 'Interstellar' isn’t dull, but I couldn’t resist that gag

Meh Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest gargantuan-budget head trip.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 David Riedel

Murder?

'The Blue Room' doesn’t answer questions but you’ll get it anyway

Meh It’s too bad that Cléau and Amalric, who adapted Georges Simenon’s novel, didn’t give us more depth, because The Blue Room doesn’t amount to much.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 David Riedel

The Good, the Bad and the Murray

'St. Vincent' rates high on the Bill Murray scale, falls short elsewhere

Meh Stop the presses! Bill Murray is back in a lead role.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 SFR

Some Wounds Never Heal

'The Judge' is hampered by overlength and an overfamiliar story

Meh Unfortunately, The Judge gets bogged down in a million subplots.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 David Riedel

That Narrator? Totes Unreliable

'Gone Girl' doesn’t feel quite right, even though it’s spectacularly well done

Meh Don’t worry about whether you’ll figure out who’s telling the truth or who’s lying; everybody’s lying.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 David Riedel

War Is Hell, and Worse

'The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)' is a world of shit

Meh The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) is based on a highly regarded novel by Agota Kristof, and I imagine the story in book form is more palatable.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 David Riedel

Another Day, Another Equation

'The Zero Theorem' is pretty dull

Meh The Zero Theorem even has the same feel as most Gilliam movies, which is to say it’s a tragedy masquerading as a comedy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 David Riedel

Run For the Border

'Frontera' is pretty drab

Meh If you’ve ever wondered what a standard police procedural would look like with the added element of immigration, look no further.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 David Riedel
 
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