Jan. 31, 2015

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Dirty Ol’ New York City

'A Most Violent Year' has elements of a great movie but falls short

Ok  A Most Violent Year shows the fallout on the human psyche of terroristic threats. ... More

Jan. 27, 2015 by David Riedel

Too Much Time on My Hands

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' is almost as good as it’s rumored to be

Ok Now that I’ve seen A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I can sound off on whether its tagline—“the first Iranian vampire Western”—rings true. ... More

Jan. 20, 2015 by David Riedel

Respect for the Dead

'Still Life' works until it takes a disastrous turn

Meh At what point does a filmmaker decide he’s going to kill a good story in exchange for poignancy? ... More

Jan. 20, 2015 by David Riedel

It's War

'American Sniper' is a soldier’s story; if only others worked into it

Meh American Sniper represents a return to form for one of our great directors. Clint Eastwood is in command of the material; if only the material were better. ... More

Jan. 13, 2015 by David Riedel

Divorce for Dummies

'Goodbye to All Tha't has moments but is nothing special

Meh Goodbye to All That would be more enjoyable if Otto weren’t such an idiot. ... More

Jan. 13, 2015 by David Riedel

Young Whippersnappers All Grown Up

'Boyhood' is back!

Yay Boyhood is magnificent, and the banality is charming. ... More

Jan. 06, 2015 by David Riedel

Hungry?

'The Search for General Tso' gets to the bottom of the popular dish

Ok As with all documentaries about deceptively simple subjects, The Search for General Tso seems to be about one thing but is actually about a much bigger topic. ... More

Jan. 06, 2015 by David Riedel

Dicks, Asses and North Korea (Oh My!)

Eh, 'The Interview'

Meh So after all the threats and delays and hacks and brouhaha, it comes down to a bunch of jokes about Seth Rogen’s ass and James Franco’s dick. ... More

Dec. 29, 2014 by David Riedel

Good Riddance, 2014

It was a bad year for good movies and a good year for bad movies

Movie Reviews So 2014 is finally over, and I think I speak for everyone who loves movies when I say: Good goddamn riddance, 2014. You sucked. Like, REALLY SUCKED.
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Dec. 30, 2014 by David Riedel

Another Holiday, Another Musical

'Into the Woods' should have been put in turnaround

Meh Into the Woods suffers from serious cases of a) the cutes; b) the dull production design; c) the egregious casting; and d) the sloppy direction. ... More

Dec. 23, 2014 by David Riedel

What Did You Do in the War on Terrorism, Daddy?

The Interview debacle isn’t over, and it’s pretty bizarre

See By the time you read this piece, it will be a week since Sony canceled the release of James Franco and Seth Rogen’s comedy The Interview. And then news broke Tuesday that the The Interview will screen on Christmas after all, just in limited release. ... More

Dec. 23, 2014 by David Riedel

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

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

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

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

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
 
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