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Mother of Gwyneth Paltrow Appears Confusingly Sensible

Blythe Danner’s lack of lead roles until 'I’ll See You in My Dreams' seems like excessive karmic retribution for bringing kook into world

Yay Here’s a refreshingly uncommon movie protagonist: a retiree and widow, wistfully reclusive even in the company of three bridge buddies and one fledged daughter.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Personal, Training

We don’t say the word ‘mumblecore’ even once in this review of Andrew Bujalski’s 'Results'

Yay Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's almost (but not quite) Hollywood-style film is a comedy about fitness training that hails by the dryly ironic title of Results.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Sans Popeye

'The Connection': Because in French, they don’t need to call it 'The French Connection'

Yay The fact-based tale of cops versus smack smugglers in 1970s Marseille may be familiar from a certain celebrated American film, but this take doesn’t seem daunted at all.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Age During Beauty

In 'Iris', the late documentary maestro Albert Maysles hangs out with a fashion maven

Yay Everyone keeps calling Iris Apfel a “nonagenarian fashion icon,” because how many such people can there even be?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?

If you’ll pardon that headline on a piece about Satyajit Ray’s great 'Apu Trilogy'

Yay Restorations of director Satyajit Ray's films have been ongoing since his death, and lucky you, now’s your chance to catch Ray’s masterly Apu Trilogy on the big screen.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

Hardy Appetites

A gal has her choices in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Yay It’s a weird cultural moment for a new movie of this old book.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Jonathan Kiefer

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



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
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