June 30, 2016
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Upstairs/Downstairs

A beautiful performance makes up for an also-ran story in The Second Mother

Yay The Second Mother’s upstairs-downstairs tale won’t win points for originality.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 David Riedel

Looking for the Light

In 'Blind', a woman copes with losing her sight and a skewed perception of herself

Yay Blind isn’t without its problems, but it’s a compelling, unique view of a singular experience and the pain that comes along with it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 David Riedel

This Grandma Isn't Going to Bake Cookies for You

Lily Tomlin is great in 'Grandma'

Yay Grandma jumps along to become one of the surprises of the year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 David Riedel

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

Eek!

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
 
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