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It’s 'Forbidden Planet'!

Movie Reviews These days, when we talk about Forbidden Planet, we seem to focus on the same things. “Hey, Leslie Nielsen was in a drama!” Yes, but he was in many dramas before his career reboot as a comic actor.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 David Riedel

Mexican Vacation

'We’re the Millers' has its moments

Movie Reviews David (Jason Sudeikis) is a pot dealer. His entire rig is stolen as he and his doofus neighbor, Kenny (Will Poulter), try to stop Shaun White lookalikes from robbing Casey (Emma Roberts), a runaway.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 David Riedel


'Lovelace' tells the story of porn’s first star

Movie Reviews Somewhere in Lovelace there’s a compelling story of abuse, antiquated husband-wife tropes, porn and finally, empowerment. That movie, however, isn’t on screen, as Lovelace can’t decide whether it’s sexy...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 David Riedel

¡Los Amantes Pasajeros!

I’m So Excited! is both excitable and dull

Movie Reviews Here’s the setup: A plane takes off from Spain headed for Mexico. The pilots discover there’s a problem with the landing gear...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 David Riedel

Ja, I am alone

One woman struggles for survival in The Wall

Movie Reviews Our unnamed narrator (Martina Gedeck) travels with friends to a cabin in the Austrian mountains. The friends walk back to town and leave her with a dog, Lynx...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 David Riedel

Slicin’, Dicin’ and Ass-Whuppin’

'The Wolverine' is a vast improvement over other 'X-Men' movies

Movie Reviews Is The Wolverine all that original? Will it please fanboys? Why is set almost entirely in Japan? The answers to those questions are “not really,” “I don’t know,”...

Monday, July 29, 2013 David Riedel

I Want to Suck Your Blood, But I Feel Conflicted About It

Byzantium is pretty drab

Movie Reviews The following is a plea to novelists, playwrights, screenwriters and film directors: Enough with the vampires. Neil Jordan should know better. He directed Interview with the Vampire (1994), and it

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 David Riedel

Not Quite by the Numbers

It’s all about color in The Painting

Movie Reviews There’s a painting. To a degree, it’s unfinished. But there are some characters in it that are finished (called, appropriately enough, Alldunns)...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 David Riedel

The Audience Certainly Won’t Forgive

Even the title Only God Forgives is pretentious (and not a little stupid)

Movie Reviews It’s only fair that Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling’s new collaboration should be called Only God Forgives...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 David Riedel

Secrets and Lies

Broken is heavy without being heavy-handed

Movie Reviews One lie starts a chain reaction that destroys or significantly alters the lives of everyone living on a cul-de-sac in Broken...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 David Riedel
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