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Searching For a Labrador (Duck) and The Self

‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’ is quietly charming

Ok A Birder’s Guide to Everything is a quiet, charming and hopeful comedy (with dramatic underpinnings).

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 David Riedel

Moving Pictures

‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tries to tell the story of an unknown talent

Ok So how is it that one of the greatest street photographers ever goes completely unnoticed in her lifetime? After watching Finding Vivian Maier, the answer seems simple: She was a little nuts.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 David Riedel

So That's Why We like Nicolas Cage

‘Joe’ is the bright spot in the actor’s recent output

Ok Joe is being hailed as the best thing Nicolas Cage's appeared in since The Weather Man.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 David Riedel

Are You Ready for Some Talk About Football?

‘Draft Day’ is a lamer, but watchable, version of ‘Moneyball’

Ok Draft Day is a shitty, overlong NFL commercial that is nonetheless kind of charming in its stupidity and aw-shucks love of football.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 David Riedel

Death and Desire

There’s a ‘Stranger by the Lake’

Ok There isn’t much more than desire and fear at work in Stranger by the Lake, and it doesn’t need much more.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 David Riedel

Beltin’ Sondheim at 86

A portrait of a Broadway legend in Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Ok Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is fine, but won’t be of much interest to those who don’t already love her or love Broadway musicals. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 David Riedel

Life in tha 'burbs...with drugs

‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ is silly and kind of fun

Ok Better Living Through Chemistry has a tweaked sense of humor and a lively performance by Sam Rockwell. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but Rockwell is as game as ever, and there’s some sharp act...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 David Riedel

Endless Schlock

If by “endless” we mean 107 minutes, because that’s how long 'Endless Love' is

Ok Cut Endless Love a break. David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde) are the endless lovers, and everyone else plays his or her part in this over-the-top bordering-on-melodrama silliness.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 David Riedel

Nerves and Blood

I wish I didn’t know 'In Secret' is based on 'Thérèse Raquin'

Ok One of the least pleasant activities any human can experience is the drudgery of reading Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin. Zola’s exploration of naturalism—a bleak worldview wherein characters are placed in...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 David Riedel

Rocket man, why couldn’t you just be a dud?

‘The Rocket’ is just OK

Ok The Rocket is getting raves everywhere—except here. What it lacks in creativity it makes up for in spirited performances. Plus, it has the novelty of taking place in Laos.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 David Riedel
 
 
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