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A Nebulous Stew of Whatever

Everything and nothing happens in 'Union Square'

Movie Reviews In independent filmmaking there’s a comforting near-truth: Good independent films are more likely to see release than bad independent films. Indie pictures don’t have gargantuan marketing budgets to cover...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 David Riedel

Bang Bang! You're Dead.

'End of Watch' manipulates

Movie Reviews The one thing worse than a movie that’s so totally rah-rah about its subject is to put the audience in a position to care about its subject and then to, rather ruthlessly, kill its subject. Or in the case of ...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 David Riedel

Killer Joe

William Friedkin's latest flick is finger-licking so-so

Movie Reviews Director William Friedkin has returned once again, however, this time, he’s dressed in Tracy Letts’ stage gown. Based on Letts’ eponymous play, Friedkin and his recent collaborator (Bug, 2006), deliver an...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Jose V Chavez

Matt, I’m Only Dreaming

'Sleepwalk with Me' is hilarious [yay!]

Movie Reviews Mike Birbiglia has made something of a miracle. Sleepwalk with Me is hysterically funny, filled with good stand-up, sympathetic performances and characters we care about.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 David Riedel

The Smiling Scoundrel

'Arbitrage' is smart, sharp and tense

Movie Reviews Imagine if Richard Gere’s character in Pretty Woman, Edward Lewis, didn’t have a moral compass. That’s Robert Miller, the character he plays in Nicholas Jarecki’s sharp new thriller, Arbitrage.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 David Riedel

Stop Talking

If only the words in 'The Words' were good

Movie Reviews How bad is The Words? I’d gladly sit through Cosmopolis again than watch this vapid tale populated with bland souls. Seriously, what were the filmmakers thinking?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 David Riedel

Cars, No Crashes

David Cronenberg misses again with 'Cosmopolis'

Movie Reviews If there’s one film director who can make audiences flee, it’s David Cronenberg. Anyone who watched Crash, his graphic tale of car crashes and sex, or his adaptation of William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, k...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 David Riedel

Rashida Jones, Will McCormack talk 'Celeste & Jesse'

Movie Reviews Break-ups are tough. Movies dealing significantly with break-ups are dicey, too. For every Annie Hall (which follows a relationship from start to finish and beyond), there are five The Break-Up's.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 David Riedel

Moonshinin’ and Shootin’

'Lawless' is sporadically effective

Movie Reviews It would be wonderful to report that director John Hillcoat and screenwriter-musician Nick Cave’s re-teaming for Lawless is as good as their previous effort, The Proposition. Sadly, it’s not so.Wh

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 David Riedel

A Smart Comedy About Divorce

'Celeste & Jesse Forever' is sharp, funny and heartbreaking

Movie Reviews Imagine this: Two best friends fall in love, get married and seem to have the happiest union of anyone around. Then suddenly, they split up. The weird thing is, they remain inseparable friends.That’

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 David Riedel
 
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