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Another Holiday, Another Musical

'Into the Woods' should have been put in turnaround

Meh Into the Woods suffers from serious cases of a) the cutes; b) the dull production design; c) the egregious casting; and d) the sloppy direction.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 David Riedel

It’s Not Even in the Top 10

Chris Rock doesn’t make it in 'Top Five'

Meh One thing is clear about Chris Rock: He wants to make good movies.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 David Riedel

After Hours With a Kid

'Before I Disappear' almost works

Meh Before I Disappear is almost a good movie, but it can’t escape its origins, the Academy Award-winning short film Curfew.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 David Riedel

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


'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
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