Aug. 29, 2015
Yay Ok Meh barf

Yawning for Fire

Yep, 'Digging for Fire' is standard white malaise fare

Barf I’m all for movies that mirror real life (or attempt to mirror real life), but Digging for Fire is so vapid I can only feel pity for the people who find it interesting. ... More

Aug. 26, 2015 by David Riedel

Eek!

That’s the best one-word description of 'The Tribe'

Yay The Tribe is well crafted and smartly filmed and has heavy doses of nihilism and fatalism, all things that are right up this critic’s alley. ... More

Aug. 19, 2015 by David Riedel

A Coming-of-Age Story for the Dustbin of History

'Ten Thousands Saints' is terrible

Barf The story, despite being convoluted, is entirely predictable. The characters are paper-thin, and everyone is an asshole. ... More

Aug. 26, 2015 by David Riedel

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. ... More

Aug. 19, 2015 by 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. ... More

Aug. 12, 2015 by 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. ... More

Aug. 05, 2015 by 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. ... More

Aug. 12, 2015 by 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 that has an uncharismatic lead and absolutely jack shit to contribute to the spy genre. ... More

July 31, 2015 by 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. ... More

Aug. 05, 2015 by 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. ... More

July 22, 2015 by 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? ... More

July 29, 2015 by 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. ... More

July 22, 2015 by David Riedel

Insects Are Heroes, Too!

Nowhere does the phrase “size doesn’t matter” appear in this 'Ant-Man' review; congratulate me on my restraint

Ok Marvel has gotten so good at making Marvel movies, it doesn’t seem to matter that it doesn’t matter that a Marvel movie isn’t firing on all thrusters. ... More

July 15, 2015 by David Riedel

Snoozeland

It’s all glowers and dropped plot threads in 'Strangerland'

Barf This is a movie where people look sternly at each other for long periods of time and then shout, and then look sternly at each other again. ... More

July 08, 2015 by David Riedel

Traffic

'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. ... More

July 15, 2015 by David Riedel

Well, They Seem Nice

Let’s all make new friends with 'The Overnight'

Yay The establishment of intimacy, with all its confusions, frustrations and consolations, is just what interests writer-director Patrick Brice, who juices this minimal scenario with maximum efficiency. ... More

July 01, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

A Film Critic Tried to Come up with a Snappy Headline…

Just go see 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence'

Yay Whatever dumb adjectives I come up with to describe it, writer-director Roy Andersson has made a masterpiece. ... More

July 08, 2015 by David Riedel
 

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