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Lost in Translation

Bill Murray can't save 'Rock the Kasbah's cultural missteps

Meh Bill Murray plays a has-been—or perhaps never-was—rock manager named Richie Lanz, whose favorite client (the insufferable Zooey Deschanel) finds her way onto a USO tour of the war-torn Middle East.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Casey Jarman

If You Don't Watch This Movie, They'll Probably Shoot a Dog

It’s there in the title of 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon'

Meh Is this movie worth seeing? That will depend on how you feel about 1970s and 1980s comedy nostalgia.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 David Riedel

Surprise, Surprise, the Genius Is Difficult

'Steve Jobs' is not difficult, but it is a chore

Meh Give screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle credit for making a biopic that skirts tradition.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 David Riedel

Not Enough Romance, Comedy, or Drama

Sleeping with Other People is a chore to get through

Meh What makes Sleeping with Other People rank above a “barf” rating is its willingness to explore the seamier sides of human interaction.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 David Riedel

Better Deported than Red

'Jimmy’s Hall' has fine performances but a limp narrative

Meh Not that it matters, but Jimmy’s Hall is based on a true story, a 10-year chunk of real-life Irish Commie Jimmy Gralton’s existence; he’s infamous for being the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 David Riedel

Cold Inside

There are no big surprises in 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

Meh Alex Gibney spends two hours going through every rotten thing Steve Jobs did in his life, and that would be a revelation if all this information hadn’t been available when Jobs was alive.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 David Riedel

Nouns Should Be More Interesting

'People Places Things' is flat

Meh People Places Things barely registers. It’s all so twee you’ll swear it’s a low-rent version of a Wes Anderson film.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 David Riedel

This. Goddamn. Film Series.

It’s become Mission: Impossible to see an end to this nonsense

Meh Considering how little Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation cares about a coherent story, exciting action set pieces or jokes that aren’t eye-rollers, it’s worth noting that this film is the fifth in a series t...

Friday, July 31, 2015 David Riedel

How Pruned Was My Garden

In 'A Little Chaos', Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet turn French history into a British period piece

Meh Alan Rickman has only directed two films now. His lack of practice is a hindrance, but not a deal-breaker on A Little Chaos.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Story?

'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' is featherweight

Meh When I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is over, you'll have no better idea of what makes Spinney tick.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 David Riedel
 
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