Oct. 24, 2014

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The Good, the Bad and the Murray

'St. Vincent' rates high on the Bill Murray scale, falls short elsewhere

Meh Stop the presses! Bill Murray is back in a lead role. ... More

Oct. 21, 2014 by SFR

Get Up, Stand Up

'Pride' is a great feel-good movie

Yay The underlying theme of Pride is in finding unity and fellowship, in finding people with whom you can share your struggle and draw strength. ... More

Oct. 14, 2014 by David Riedel

We Call Upon the Author

'20,000 Days on Earth' documents Nick Cave

Ok If you’re a casual Nick Cave fan 20,000 Days on Earth probably isn’t for you. ... More

Oct. 21, 2014 by David Riedel

Shot In the Heart and You’re to Blame

'Rudderless' is better than it has any right to be

Ok Despite every story beat being telegraphed way, way in advance Rudderless remains so watchable. ... More

Oct. 14, 2014 by David Riedel

You Think YOUR Day Is Bad?

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' could be much, much worse

Ok There are some solid laughs, a dearth of fart jokes, and Carell and Garner have enough energy to make everything passable, if not great. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel

All That

'Advanced Style' is featherweight, but fun

Ok Lina Plioplyte’s Advanced Style documentary is a 72-minute commercial for Ari Seth Cohen’s book and blog of the same name. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel

That Narrator? Totes Unreliable

'Gone Girl' doesn’t feel quite right, even though it’s spectacularly well done

Meh Don’t worry about whether you’ll figure out who’s telling the truth or who’s lying; everybody’s lying. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel

War Is Hell, and Worse

'The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)' is a world of shit

Meh The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) is based on a highly regarded novel by Agota Kristof, and I imagine the story in book form is more palatable. ... More

Sept. 30, 2014 by David Riedel

Some Wounds Never Heal

'The Judge' is hampered by overlength and an overfamiliar story

Meh Unfortunately, The Judge gets bogged down in a million subplots. ... More

Oct. 07, 2014 by David Riedel

Irritated By Love

'Love Is Strange' smartly catalogues the ways family can drive us nuts

Yay Love Is Strange has the distinction of being a quiet movie that’s less interested in making grand statements than it is being a quiet portrayal of a difficult time in an extended family’s life. ... More

Sept. 24, 2014 by David Riedel

Yes Yes!

'No No: A Dockumentary' is all over the place in a good way

Yay No No: A Dockumentary is all over the place, and it seems like a haphazard narrative structure until it becomes clear the storyline is mirroring Major League Baseball pitching great Dock Ellis’ life. ... More

Sept. 30, 2014 by David Riedel

Inside For All Day

'Starred Up' is tough, gritty and surprisingly good

Yay Another year, another prison drama. If Starred Up were formulaic and stupid it would be a travesty. ... More

Sept. 24, 2014 by David Riedel

Burning Down the House!

'Happy Christmas': I’m an asshole!

Ok There isn’t much point to summarizing the plot of Happy Christmas; it doesn’t really have one. ... More

Sept. 16, 2014 by David Riedel

Fiddly Digits, Itchy Britches

'Frank' is weird, beautiful and funny

Yay Co-screenwriter Jon Ronson came up with the story after spending time as a keyboardist for Frank Sidebottom, the alter ego of Chris Sievey, an English musician and comedian. ... More

Sept. 09, 2014 by David Riedel

Another Day, Another Equation

'The Zero Theorem' is pretty dull

Meh The Zero Theorem even has the same feel as most Gilliam movies, which is to say it’s a tragedy masquerading as a comedy. ... More

Sept. 16, 2014 by David Riedel

Wait, They Remade Vanilla Sky?

'The Congress' is kinda like the 113th—it does nothing

Meh The Congress starts with a great premise: An aging, rumored-to-be-difficult actor named Robin Wright (and played by Robin Wright) is presented with a deal. ... More

Sept. 03, 2014 by David Riedel

Run For the Border

'Frontera' is pretty drab

Meh If you’ve ever wondered what a standard police procedural would look like with the added element of immigration, look no further. ... More

Sept. 09, 2014 by David Riedel
 
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