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Your Move, Kids

You’ll live and die by chess in 'Brooklyn Castle' [yay!]

Movie Reviews Each time I’m feeling cynical about our country’s future, along comes a documentary like Brooklyn Castle.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 David Riedel

There Will Be Three of These Films

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is totes meh [meh, duh!]

Movie Reviews In the beginning, there was writer-director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series, and it was good. There was Middle Earth, a magical world of elves, wizards, hobbits, dwarves and men. Even those who wer...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 David Riedel

Clean and Sober

'Smashed' gets recovery right [ok]

Movie Reviews There have been so many addiction and recovery stories in the past decade that it’s entirely reasonable to think we don’t need another. As singer-songwriter Mike Doughty writes in his recent drug-filled m...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 David Riedel

Look Out For That Train!

'Anna Karenina' misses [meh]

Movie Reviews Occasionally, a movie comes out that begs the question, “Really, what was the point of that?” Congratulations to director Joe Wright, star Keira Knightley and writer Tom Stoppard.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 David Riedel

Five Movies In One

'Rust and Bone' shouldn't work, but does [ok]

Movie Reviews One of the pleasures of Rust and Bone is that it just begins. We’re plopped into the story of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) and his young son. They’re broke and trying to find food.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 David Riedel


'Life of Pi' is smart and moving [yay!]

Movie Reviews Life of Pi is a 3D-enhanced movie that avoids 3D trappings. Its use is like Avatar’s: completely immersive. It’s also a successful adaptation of a popular novel—no easy feat—that’s set mostly on a lif...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 David Riedel

Who Knew Adultery Was So Drab?

'28 Hotel Rooms' looks good, lacks personality [meh]

Movie Reviews One day, someone will have to explain the virtues of the adultery movie. Not because adultery is immoral; why would a filmmaker stack the deck from the beginning against the lead characters? Moviegoers can for...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 David Riedel

Deluded But Happy

'Silver Linings Playbook' gives us people to root for [yay!]

Movie Reviews Silver Linings Playbook seems like a losing proposition. The main characters are Philadelphia sports fans and mentally unbalanced people (no jokes about how those two things seemingly go together), an

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 David Riedel

Screw the Wolverines

'Red Dawn' sucks, still [barf]

Movie Reviews It’s official. Movie studios have become so lazy and cynical they’re now remaking even the crap, such as Red Dawn. Remember Red Dawn? It’s the jingoistic, Reagan-era piece of rah-rah shit.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 David Riedel

Honestly, Abe

Day-Lewis is excellent as Lincoln

Movie Reviews Let’s be honest: When Steven Spielberg makes a historical epic, they’re often bad. And not just, “Oh, he missed by that much” bad, but bad.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 David Riedel
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Morning Word: To Protect and Troll

Morning Word Santa Fe Police Sergeant Troy Baker has a lot to say about some of the people he's sworn to serve and protect ... and it isn't nice. ... More

Feb. 21, 2017 by Matt Grubs


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