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'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

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
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