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Bah, Humbug!

‘The Invisible Woman’ would have been more interesting if she were actually invisible

Meh On the Nov. 16, 2013 episode of Saturday Night Live, Jebidiah Atkinson—a speech critic played by cast member Taran Killam—appeared on “Weekend Update” and blasted every revered speech in histo

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 David Riedel

Best Horror Movie Title of the Year (So Far!)

‘Here Comes the Devil.’ Better watch out!

Meh We open with two women having sex. The doorbell rings and one woman leaves to see whom it is. A man attacks her and slicing off some of her fingers. Her lover grabs a lamp and knocks the guy over the

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 David Riedel

Babies Killin’ Babies

It’s a ‘Battle Royale.’ Get me a chicken burrito!

Ok For all the praise it has received—and it’s worthy of that praise—there are things I’m hearing at the multiplex that needle me. No one is expecting audiences to enjoy it. And while movies are largely ab...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 David Riedel

Be Selfish: Stay Away

'The Selfish Giant' is too much of a good bad thing

Ok In Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant” there’s a mean old giant who won’t let children play in his garden. Then—and this is all from long-dormant memory—a permanent winter settles in on his garden. ...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 David Riedel

Verily, She Was Divine

'I Am Divine' is delightful

Yay If you’re like me, you’ve seen most of Divine’s film performances. And if you’re like me, you find Divine intriguing but know little about her life, art or background.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 David Riedel

Actually, She’s Not Alive

The 'Her’ here is an operating system

Ok In the sort-of utopian not-too-distant future, men wear high-waisted pants and mustaches without irony. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system, Samantha.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 David Riedel

Outside Normalcy

'Inside Llewyn Davis’ has its moments, but…

Meh Inside Llewyn Davis is one of those movies that’s more fun to discuss afterward than it is to watch. That’s partly because Davis (Oscar Isaac) is such a reprehensible asshole, and it’s partly because t...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 David Riedel

Break out the Barf!

‘Lone Survivor’ is jingoism

Barf Mark Wahlberg is a bad actor. There are movies when he’s passable (Date Night; Ted). But most of the time he’s inexplicably praised (his wretchedly unbelievable performance in The Departed)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 David Riedel

Talking Pictures: It's Just a Fad

'Footlight Parade' is a delight

Yay Any show that features James Cagney doing what looks like the precursor to the moonwalk must be great. But for a movie musical, the singing and dancing doesn't go full tilt until the final 40-ish minutes.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 David Riedel

Sing! But Hire a New Lyricist

'Enzo Avitabile Music Life' is a decent half-portrait

Ok Enzo Avitabile Music Life doesn’t feel like a finished film. It feels like 80 minutes of sort of compelling footage that’s missing the last 20 or so minutes that may make it vital.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 David Riedel
 
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