Nov. 25, 2015
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Nouns Should Be More Interesting

'People Places Things' is flat

Meh People Places Things barely registers. It’s all so twee you’ll swear it’s a low-rent version of a Wes Anderson film.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 David Riedel

From the Ashes a Betrayal

Director Christian Petzold shows his influences but makes 'Phoenix' his own

Yay Phoenix is beautifully acted, and asks that the audience think for itself instead of leading it around.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 David Riedel

Political Theatre

'Best of Enemies' is entertaining but skin-deep

Ok Best of Enemies is strongest when it lets its two lead characters have at it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 David Riedel

Baa Baa Smart Sheep!

'Shaun the Sheep' is delightful

Yay If only every children's movie were Shaun the Sheep. Expect it on lots of “Best of” lists this year.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 David Riedel

Behind the Voice

A filmmaker looks for answers in 'Do I Sound Gay?'

Ok Do I Sound Gay? doesn’t get very deep, but it does highlight a lesser-known struggle inside the gay community.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 David Riedel

This. Goddamn. Film Series.

It’s become Mission: Impossible to see an end to this nonsense

Meh Considering how little Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation cares about a coherent story, exciting action set pieces or jokes that aren’t eye-rollers, it’s worth noting that this film is the fifth in a series t...

Friday, July 31, 2015 David Riedel

Death Came with Compassion

'The Farewell Party' takes a light-ish look at a serious subject

Ok How does one die with dignity when suffering from a progressive, painful, fatal illness?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 David Riedel

Manically Depressed

'Infinitely Polar Bear' understands mental illness and, better yet, isn’t afraid of it

Yay Maya Forbes, who wrote and directed Infinitely Polar Bear, made a great film rooted in her personal experiences.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 David Riedel

Made for TV?

'A Murder in the Park' has a big-screen story but small-screen treatment

Barf This documentary has a can’t-miss story, but the filmmakers have hacked this film together as if it’s a true-crime doc on cable.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 David Riedel


'Cartel Land' shines a light on the cyclical nature of the war on drugs

Ok Cartel Land is a heartbreaking piece of cinema, it looks great and it exposes the drug war for it is.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 David Riedel
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