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Got Songs?

'Begin Again' is featherweight and cute

Yay Begin Again is wholly implausible, has characters that couldn’t exist in real life and has an ending that’s just so syrupy sweet, but also has a decent soundtrack and winning performances. I’m in.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 David Riedel

Of Course the Future Is Dystopian!

'Snowpiercer' is tons o’ dark fun

Yay Snowpiercer takes place roughly 18 years after the world has been thrust into a new ice age. All the survivors boarded a train called Snowpiercer, and the train circles the globe once a year.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 David Riedel

Give the Punters What They Want

'Lucky Them' is funny, sad and surprisingly poignant

Yay Lucky Them’s Ellie is told by her editor to find her ex-boyfriend, a beloved disappeared Seattle musician, and write a story about what he’s been doing for a decade.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 David Riedel

Decisions, Decisions

Obvious Child is the best comedy of 2014 (so far)

Yay Obvious Child is funny as shit. It’s possibly the most laugh-out-loud comedy of 2014.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 David Riedel

Where’s the Dog?

Violence and despair abound in 'The Rover's dystopian future

Yay The human landscape depicted in The Rover is as bleak as the desert in which it takes place.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 David Riedel

Woke Last Night to the Sound of a Bomb Exploding

'Night Moves' is the latest quality film from Kelly Reichardt

Yay Night Moves follows a trio of people plotting to blow up a hydroelectric damn using a boat carrying approximately 1 ton of nitrogen-enriched fertilizer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 David Riedel

Over the Hills and Far Away

Climb aboard the cable cars to ‘Manakamana’

Yay The idea of something being interesting-mundane captures the feeling one may have when being presented with Manakamana.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 David Riedel

Surprise! You’re Dead!

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is a smart summer action flick

Yay Edge of Tomorrow has all the signs of a creative team and studio wanting to make a good, borderline-great action spectacular, and the film delivers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 David Riedel

Never trust the Spanish-speaking doctor with the German accent

'The German Doctor' is moody and creepy

Yay If you know your postwar history, you know The German Doctor is based on a true story.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 David Riedel

Waiting for Her Real Life to Begin

'Belle' is quietly moving

Yay Belle, a fictionalized account of the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, is a captivating and moving piece of entertainment.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 David Riedel
 
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