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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

Young Whippersnappers All Grown Up

'Boyhood' is back!

Yay Boyhood is magnificent, and the banality is charming.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 David Riedel

F Is for Fake

'Art and Craft' follows a prolific art forger

Yay So what happens when a prolific art forger dupes dozens of museums? Is he arrested, tried and convicted? Not if you’re Mark Landis.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 David Riedel

Happy Notes

'Keep On Keepin’ On' chronicles jazz great Clark Terry

Yay In the last few years, it seems that music documentaries about iconic people, places and things have been popping up every six months.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 David Riedel
 
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