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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

Did High School Hurt This Much?

‘The Spectacular Now’ is spectacular

Movie Reviews The Spectacular Now has been compared to John Hughes’ coming-of-age stories from the 1980s, but Hughes’ drama never went this deep, even at his best. Plus, the cast, especially leads Miles Teller (as Sutter...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 David Riedel

How to steal jewels and influence people

‘Smash & Grab’ presents an insider’s view of a heist

Movie Reviews One of the so-called Pink Panther jewel thieves was just arrested in the south of France, and look! Here’s a movie about the Pink Panthers, Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. How timely!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 David Riedel

Consider the Audience’s Ass Kicked

'Kick-Ass 2' doesn’t quite work

Movie Reviews Normally, the ins and outs of what makes it on screen from the source material—in this case, the revelation that Big Daddy is a psycho—don’t much matter.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 David Riedel

Blue, as in Depressed

‘Blue Jasmine’ is flawed, flaky and totally fascinating

Movie Reviews Sometimes so-so Woody Allen is so much better than everything else out there that I almost want to give him a pass when he doesn’t quite measure up. Take Midnight in Paris, a charming sort of trifle that, for...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 David Riedel

Blue, as in Blood

'The World’s End' is wacko, and wacko funny, too

Movie Reviews Sorry, peeps. The World’s End just isn’t as much fun as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, the other two Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright movies out there in the collective consciousness. Luckily, it’s stil...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 David Riedel

A Mess, But a Good Mess

'Lee Daniels’ The Butler' is strong enough for you to overlook its flaws

Movie Reviews It’s a good thing the heart of Lee Daniels’ The Butler (yes, that’s what it’s called) is Forest Whitaker, because the movie has a great story to tell but keeps getting in its own way.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 David Riedel
 
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Morning Word: Sanctuary Standoff

Morning Word Sessions Doubles Down on Sanctuary ThreatUS Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated a Trump promise that sanctuary cities will lose funding if they don't toe the line and work with federal Immigratio ... More

March 28, 2017 by Matt Grubs

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