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Snooze: More Gangsters

Whitey doesn’t answer the questions it sets out to answer

Meh If you’re not already familiar with James “Whitey” Bulger, Joe Berlinger’s scattershot documentary Whitey won’t be much help. It assumes you know the case and spends little time getting into Bulger’...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 David Riedel

Bad Kids, Bad Parents, You Know the Drill

'Hellion' treads familiar ground

Meh Hellion is aided by a restrained performance from Juliette Lewis as Jacob’s aunt, who takes in younger brother Wes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 David Riedel

Save your quarters

Watching 'Video Games: The Movie' must be like playing Penn & Teller’s 'Desert Bus'

Meh How does one take something inherently exciting and make it boring? Video Games: The Movie answers that question.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 David Riedel

Wish I Were Better

'Wish I Was Here' is so-so

Meh It’s too bad Wish I Was Here isn’t better. The film could have been something more than a footnote in the great Kickstarter debate.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 David Riedel

Witches and Dum-Dums

'Witching & Bitching' is outrageous

Ok You know, the time is just about right for an insane Spanish-language horror comedy. And what do you know? Here comes Witching & Bitching, which is about as insane as horror comedies come.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 David Riedel

Planet of the Dopes

Hopefully 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is followed by 'Demise'

Barf First there was Rise. Before that there was Tim Burton’s remake. Before that there were five Planet of the Apes films, the first of which has the distinction of being adapted by Rod Serling, so...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 David Riedel

A Contender for the Worst Movie Ever Made

'Third Person' is rotten, rotten and rotten

Barf Director Paul Haggis could have done the audience a big favor by making a short movie, as the endless narratives of Third Person don’t allow for any one story to dominate.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 David Riedel

Thumbs Up

'Life Itself' is a wonderful chronicle of Roger Ebert

Yay What comes through most in Life Itself is Ebert’s love of movies, the depth of his film knowledge and the relationships he had with the people who loved him.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 David Riedel

Got Songs?

'Begin Again' is featherweight and cute

Yay Begin Again is wholly implausible, has characters that couldn’t exist in real life and has an ending that’s just so syrupy sweet, but also has a decent soundtrack and winning performances. I’m in.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 David Riedel

Of Course the Future Is Dystopian!

'Snowpiercer' is tons o’ dark fun

Yay Snowpiercer takes place roughly 18 years after the world has been thrust into a new ice age. All the survivors boarded a train called Snowpiercer, and the train circles the globe once a year.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 David Riedel
 
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