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Money and Infamy

'Welcome to Me' does well with its complicated subject

Yay Is Welcome to Me making fun of Alice, or is it criticizing reality TV for taking advantage of vulnerable people?

Friday, May 8, 2015 David Riedel

Saving the World with Quips and Explosions

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' isn't just more shit for assholes*

Yay Age of Ultron does what the smarter Marvel movies do: It drops the audience into the action at the top, gets them locked in to thrills and chills, and then worries about the story later.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 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.

Friday, April 3, 2015 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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 David Riedel

Political Action

'1971' details a little-remembered break-in

Yay After the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Kent State shootings, and amid the escalation of the Vietnam War, a group of anti-war activists took it upon themselves to do something abo...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 David Riedel

Slipping Away

Julianne Moore delivers the goods in 'Still Alice '

Yay Still Alice is an assured piece of drama, and with Moore’s commanding performance—and Alzheimer’s—it has all the gravitas it needs.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 David Riedel
 
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