May 27, 2015

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Frontiersman and Frontiersboy

'Slow West'. Because Fast East isn’t a thing

Ok In its best moments, Slow West manages to take the piss out of genre-mandated laconicism without losing sight of why we like it. ... More

May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Hardy Appetites

A gal has her choices in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Yay It’s a weird cultural moment for a new movie of this old book. ... More

May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

The Kids Are…Well, They’re OK

Meet the Who’s managers in 'Lambert & Stamp'

Ok What it takes to produce a great quartet of gear-smashing mod rockers is this: on the one hand, a gay, Oxford-educated son of a composer, and on the other, yes, the kid brother to the future General Zod. ... More

May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Turning Frowns Upside Down or Some Shit

'Misery Loves Comedy' is for fans

Ok Misery Loves Comedy works because its subject—comedians and how they operate—is important to comedy fans.
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May 13, 2015 by David Riedel

Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Story?

'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' is featherweight

Meh When I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is over, you'll have no better idea of what makes Spinney tick. ... More

May 13, 2015 by David Riedel

Is That a Fourth Wall in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

'Playing It Cool' doesn’t, but it’s awright

Ok Playing It Cool gets points for trying to be a different kind of romantic comedy but gets demerits for being dumb as shit. ... More

May 06, 2015 by David Riedel

Money and Infamy

'Welcome to Me' does well with its complicated subject

Yay Is Welcome to Me making fun of Alice, or is it criticizing reality TV for taking advantage of vulnerable people? ... More

May 08, 2015 by David Riedel

Adult but Not Grown Up

Nick Kroll tackles family comedy and drama in 'Adult Beginners'

Ok It seems the big comedy trope these days is the screw-up-makes-good comedy, and now Nick Kroll is getting in on it. ... More

April 29, 2015 by David Riedel

Saving the World with Quips and Explosions

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' isn't just more shit for assholes*

Yay Age of Ultron does what the smarter Marvel movies do: It drops the audience into the action at the top, gets them locked in to thrills and chills, and then worries about the story later. ... More

April 29, 2015 by David Riedel

Be Brave, Bold Robot

Alex Garland’s 'Ex Machina' has human limitations

Meh There are many things to admire in Alex Garland’s directorial debut, but there’s an underlying ickiness to the entire film. ... More

April 22, 2015 by David Riedel

Nativize Me

Sandler gaffe proves old habits are hard to shake off in Hollywood

Movie Reviews Last week, news broke that some Native American actors working on a new Adam Sandler movie in the area walked off the set over what they say are disrespectful jokes in the script, historically inaccurate costumes, characters who speak in halting English and generally shitty attitudes (my take) from producers. ... More

April 27, 2015 by David Riedel

Why Can’t You Just Play Ball, Dude?

'5 to 7' is great until it isn’t (and then it really isn’t)

Meh 5 to 7 starts so wonderfully that its left turn into bologna is all the more disheartening. ... More

April 22, 2015 by David Riedel

Some of His Lies Are True

Hill and Franco put on their drama coats for 'True Story'

Ok True Story is a quiet but tense rumination on the nature of truth. ... More

April 15, 2015 by David Riedel

Stolen Art, Stolen Lives

'Woman in Gold' should have huge stakes but struggles dramatically

Meh Here’s a question for you: What happens when you make a movie that’s a shameless bid for awards but isn’t good enough to win any of those awards? ... More

April 08, 2015 by David Riedel

All Hail the Underdog(s)

'White God' is hard to watch

Meh For those who feel pained whenever animals suffer, on the screen or in real life, White God will be tough going. ... More

April 15, 2015 by David Riedel

CARS DRIVE FAST SHIT BLOWS UP

FURIOUS 7 IS SO BIG I HAD TO WRITE THE HEADLINE (AND SUBHED) IN ALL CAPS

Yay This movie is much fun it’s almost criminal. I’m not action movie fan, and this thing had me jumping out of my seat. In short, it’s the goddamn best. Just see it. ... More

April 03, 2015 by David Riedel

Get Ready to Get Mad

The debunkers are debunked in 'Merchants of Doubt'

Yay Most of the people interviewed in Merchants of Doubt make it clear that they know they’re disseminating bunk, and they’re just fine with that. ... More

April 08, 2015 by David Riedel
 
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