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May Include Stabbing and Death…

'Side Effects' may be Steven Soderbergh’s last movie [yay!]

Movie Reviews The trailers for Side Effects, director Steven Soderbergh’s new thriller, make it look like an indictment of all things pharmaceutical.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 David Riedel

Je t’aime, Amour

'Amour' is honest and complex [yay!]

Movie Reviews Nowhere will you find a more honest, searching and complex story told with such ease, care and compassion.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 David Riedel

He’s Alive-ish! Alive-ish!

'Warm Bodies' finds humanity in the undead [ok]

Movie Reviews Here’s a serious question: Do we really need another zombie movie? Apparently we do.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 David Riedel

2013 Oscar-nominated Shorts [yay!]

This year’s Oscar shorts melted our icy film reviewer’s heart.

Movie Reviews Because of technical problems that I still don’t understand, only three of the five Oscar-nominated animated shorts were available to me at press time.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 David Riedel

Lots Of Plot With This Cat

The animation in 'The Rabbi’s Cat' is a welcome throwback [ok]

Movie Reviews There’s enough story here to cover five movies, but The Rabbi’s Cat stuffs everything into 89 minutes. First, the cat meows. Then he speaks. Then he utters God’s name and is relegated to his previous “m...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 David Riedel

Some White Rooms Are Padded

'Beware of Mr. Baker' indeed [ok]

Movie Reviews The most affecting, touching and uplifting documentary of 2012 is Searching for Sugar Man. The other side of that documentary coin belongs to Beware of Mr. Baker, a movie about one of the biggest assholes—and...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 David Riedel

Ever Have the Feeling You’re Being Watched?

'Barbara' is quiet, dark and eerie [ok]

Movie Reviews Any time any American talks about being spied on by the government, that person should be forced to watch Barbara, a tense and quietly paranoid drama that takes place in East Germany in 1980. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 David Riedel

Beads, Boats and Brothers

'Tchoupitoulas' takes us on a tour of New Orleans [ok]

Movie Reviews It’s a documentary, sure. But it’s not really a documentary, if only because this magical night didn’t take place in one night, and these kids’ parents seem like the kind who would look for their boys i...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 David Riedel

They Shan't Be Released

'Any Day Now' shoots for the heart, misses [meh]

Movie Reviews It’s 1979. Two men meet in Los Angeles and quickly fall in love. One of the men, Rudy (Alan Cumming), the transplanted New Yorker who’s out and proud, works as the lead lip-syncher in a drag show at a Wes...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 David Riedel

The War on Terror

'Zero Dark Thirty' is one of the best movies of the year [yay!]

Movie Reviews Forget the brouhaha about Zero Dark Thirty’s politics. Any movie that can present events in which the audience knows the outcome and still have the audience holding its breath in anticipation succeeds.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 David Riedel
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Morning Word: Martinez Vetoes Education Funding Cuts

Morning Word Governor criticizes lawmakers for cutting her teacher merit pay program and stipends for teachers in difficult-to-staff districts. ... More

Oct. 25, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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