April 19, 2015

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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

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

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

Some of My Lies Are True

'An Honest Liar' is an honest portrait

Yay James Randi has two careers. First, he is, for lack of a better term, a magician. ... More

March 31, 2015 by David Riedel

Lots of Bodices, No Heavy Breathing

'Effie Gray' is an effective portrait of an oppressive relationship

Ok In many ways, Effie Gray is a smart, sharp feminist film, and it deserves to be seen by as many people who can see it. ... More

March 31, 2015 by David Riedel

Nothing Can Stop the Horror

The monster in 'It Follows' will never stop

Ok It Follows takes the standard horror tropes—horny teenagers and stalking killers—and ups the ante.
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March 24, 2015 by David Riedel

Gay Panic! (At the Prison Yard)

Good chemistry can’t elevate 'Get Hard's lethargy

Meh Apparently in 2015, no one got the memo that it’s not funny when someone thinks sucking a dick is the worst thing that can happen to him. ... More

March 24, 2015 by David Riedel

We've Seen That Robot Movie, Too

How many plots from better films can you spot in 'Chappie'?

Meh While Chappie has gritty style, it has jack shit for substance. ... More

March 18, 2015 by David Riedel

It's Not Your Fault

'Insurgent' plays by the rules and is pretty dull for it

Meh Insurgent, bless its heart, relies even more on Young Adult fiction tropes than The Hunger Games. ... More

March 18, 2015 by David Riedel

Cindermehlla

'Cinderella' is pretty, and pretty lifeless

Meh This version of Cinderella has no teeth; the only thing resembling conflict is Blanchett’s rather overblown  stepmother. ... More

March 11, 2015 by David Riedel

In the Defensive Zone

'Red Army

Ok As compelling as Red Army is, it feels incomplete. ... More

March 11, 2015 by David Riedel

Vampires, Transcended

What We Do in the Shadows is an unexpected take on old favorites

Yay You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you skipped out on What We Do in the Shadows if you’re skeptical of vampire films or fake documentaries. ... More

March 04, 2015 by David Riedel

The Inner War

'Queen and Country' picks up where 'Hope and Glory' left off

Yay In Queen and Country, preparing for war is dull, dreary, and an excellent opportunity to make mischief. ... More

March 04, 2015 by David Riedel

Under Their Thumb

'Timbuktu' humanizes the players in a totalitarian regime

Yay Director and co-writer Abderrahmane Sissako humanizes the jihadists without ever sympathizing with them; he’s on the side of ordinary people being forced into a totalitarian existence. ... More

Feb. 25, 2015 by David Riedel

Celebrity with a Side of Gross

'Maps to the Stars' is in its own galaxy

Ok Maps to the Stars is a nasty little film—and though I use “little” a little pejoratively, it’s better than his last three. ... More

Feb. 24, 2015 by David Riedel
 
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