Dec. 18, 2014

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You Can’t Escape the Babadook

'The Babadook' is so good I’m spouting its propaganda

Yay The Babadook is a psychological drama about the worst parts of ourselves, and whether we choose to give in to the worst parts of ourselves. ... More

Dec. 16, 2014 by David Riedel

It’s Not Even in the Top 10

Chris Rock doesn’t make it in 'Top Five'

Meh One thing is clear about Chris Rock: He wants to make good movies. ... More

Dec. 09, 2014 by David Riedel

Oh, Enough

Let’s hope 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' sits on its own sword

Barf The Battle of the 144 Minutes I’ll Never Get Back became the epitome of everything shitty about the 2014 movie year. ... More

Dec. 16, 2014 by David Riedel

Eternal Vanity

'The Immortalists' could be fascinating, but its subjects aren’t

Barf The Immortalists takes an intriguing premise and squanders it with one of the least likable documentary subjects to ever grace the screen. ... More

Dec. 09, 2014 by David Riedel

Don’t Go West, Young Women

'The Homesman' is unrelenting and bleak

Ok The question of a woman’s value is at the heart of The Homesman, director Tommy Lee Jones’ decidedly feminist Western. ... More

Dec. 02, 2014 by David Riedel

Piece. Of. Shit.

'Horrible Bosses 2' is so bad it defies comprehension

Barf There are four laughs in Horrible Bosses 2, but at 108 minutes, you deserve more than a laugh every 27 minutes. ... More

Nov. 25, 2014 by David Riedel

After Hours With a Kid

'Before I Disappear' almost works

Meh Before I Disappear is almost a good movie, but it can’t escape its origins, the Academy Award-winning short film Curfew. ... More

Dec. 02, 2014 by David Riedel

You're Better off at the Hanging Tree

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' squanders…everything

Meh Does the creative team behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 see the parallel between its characters’ cynical use of propaganda and the movie studio’s cynical marketing decision to turn the final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy into two movies?
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Nov. 20, 2014 by David Riedel

Flightless and Buoyant

The waterfowl in 'Penguins of Madagascar' are good for some yuks

Ok For those who like their animated movies crazy and with a throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks attitude, this is the flick for you. ... More

Nov. 25, 2014 by David Riedel

F Is for Fake

'Art and Craft' follows a prolific art forger

Yay So what happens when a prolific art forger dupes dozens of museums? Is he arrested, tried and convicted? Not if you’re Mark Landis. ... More

Nov. 18, 2014 by David Riedel

Happy Notes

'Keep On Keepin’ On' chronicles jazz great Clark Terry

Yay In the last few years, it seems that music documentaries about iconic people, places and things have been popping up every six months. ... More

Nov. 18, 2014 by David Riedel

Turn My Pages, Bitch!

'Whiplash' is hard to watch but fascinating

Yay Whiplash is so committed to letting its characters be rotten that it puts the tiniest of barriers between the audience and the movie. ... More

Nov. 11, 2014 by David Riedel

Comedy and Torture

'Rosewater' almost works

Ok Jon Stewart’s debut as writer-director almost works, and it’s not quite good, but it’s certainly better than a rainy day flick. ... More

Nov. 11, 2014 by David Riedel

What We Talk about When We Talk about Overblown

'Birdman' has too much production and not enough story

Meh Co-writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu is more concerned with the whiz-bang look of Birdman than genuine human emotions. ... More

Nov. 04, 2014 by David Riedel

Ground Control to Major Yawn

Actually, 'Interstellar' isn’t dull, but I couldn’t resist that gag

Meh Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest gargantuan-budget head trip. ... More

Nov. 04, 2014 by David Riedel

Murder?

'The Blue Room' doesn’t answer questions but you’ll get it anyway

Meh It’s too bad that Cléau and Amalric, who adapted Georges Simenon’s novel, didn’t give us more depth, because The Blue Room doesn’t amount to much. ... More

Oct. 28, 2014 by David Riedel

Good Writers, Horrible People

'Listen Up Philip' follows a couple of assholes (and is one of the best movies of the year)

Yay Listen Up Philip is so good and willing to be disliked that I have to ask: Writer and director Alex Ross Perry, where have you been all my life? ... More

Oct. 28, 2014 by David Riedel
 
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