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Rush is better than it should be

Movie Reviews It’s that time of year between the end of summer and the beginning of the Oscar races when, traditionally, the genuine crap starts hitting the multiplexes. (You’ll also find crap from January to March, and,...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 David Riedel

Characters and Audience Abused

It comes together quite easily in Short Term 12

Movie Reviews I recently had a conversation with another critic about the jarring transition that some actors make from playing high school students to playing adults. For my money, the biggest jump is Jon Cryer playing Duck...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 David Riedel

Set ‘Em Up!

Oh, to be more than ‘Drinking Buddies’

Movie Reviews One could be forgiven for considering Olivia Wilde the Gretchen Mol of her generation. You know, an actor with enormous promise who made early and frequent missteps.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 David Riedel

So You’re a Sex Addict

Never has addiction been as vanilla as in ‘Thanks for Sharing’

Movie Reviews In the ongoing debate of whether sex addiction is a thing the way drug and alcohol addiction is a thing, we get Thanks for Sharing, which is definitely not doing the sex-addiction-is-real advocates any favors.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 David Riedel

If Only Movie Theaters Came With Vomit Bags

'Austenland' is just the worst

Movie Reviews Nora Ephron used to say that there are two romantic comedy traditions, the Jewish and the Christian. In the Christian tradition, the leads face obstacles that keep them apart. In the Jewish tradition, the obsta...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 David Riedel

Unlikely Friends

'This is Martin Bonner' is quietly captivating

Movie Reviews So this is Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn), a quiet, unassuming Australian immigrant who’s been living in the U.S. for decades. In the movie that bears his name, he’s recently transplanted to Reno, Nev., for ...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 David Riedel

And a-one, and a-two, and you’re dead!

'Riddick' kills

Movie Reviews Riddick does what Riddick does best: Kill people. Killin’ ain’t your thing? It’s best to avoid Riddick, which earns its R rating.

Friday, September 6, 2013 David Riedel

Spoiler Alert: Eva Gets Deflowered

It’s all in the title The Deflowering of Eva van End

Movie Reviews Now that I’ve seen and ruminated on The Deflowering of Eva van End, I’m still not entirely sure what I’ve seen.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 David Riedel

Old Men and Young Women, Bien Sûr

Avoid the barftastic The Artist and the Model

Movie Reviews Rant: It’s been three months since we suffered through Gilles Bourdos’ Renoir. Now we’re served Fernando Trueba’s The Artist and the Model. Let’s end the suspense: They’re the same movie, but awful ...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 David Riedel

Wait. Now shoot. Now wait again.

‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ is derivative and dull

Movie Reviews Don’t be fooled by all the praise for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, writer-director David Lowery’s tone piece and homage to similar tone pieces. This tale of doomed criminals in love set in early 1970s Texas ...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 David Riedel
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