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One Hit-and-Run, a Bunch of Dirty Cops and a Funeral

'A Hard Day' has a fresh take on some cinematic tropes

Yay A Hard Day delivers the shocks and thrills, with a couple moments that are so jarring you may actually jump out of your seat.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 David Riedel


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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 David Riedel

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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 David Riedel

A Bike Lane Runs Through It

Dutch doc 'The New Rijksmuseum' reveals how art institutions do and don’t work

Yay Though it actually observes people falling asleep in meetings, the film itself is not boring.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Emotion Graphics

With 'Inside Out', Pixar once again gets into your heart and head

Yay A nimble ensemble piece, Inside Out exemplifies the platitudes of teamwork that seem baked in to the famously by-committee studio that produced it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Wastrels of the Upper West Side

Arielle Holmes gets discovered in 'Heaven Knows What'

Yay Heaven Knows What is a quasi-documentary of homeless young addicts adrift in the area that once was known as Needle Park.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer
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